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asked 2014-06-21 17:33:45 -0500

NickTux gravatar image

updated 2014-06-22 06:35:39 -0500

I have seen several questions being closed by various people (of course with the appropriate rights) and for different reasons. Duplicate , Offtopic , not related.. ..etc. It's OK, because usually they are correct on their decision but,

as Askbot doesn't provide (currently) any tools (as stackexchange does), it would be a good idea to place a comment before closing the question.

For example (and this is a completely random example, but I saw it recently), this question has been closed as a duplicate, but there is no link to the duplicate. The OP (or other users) cannot see/read the duplicate question and read there any useful answers.

If possible it would be nice to implement this as default feature, when someone is closing a question ("force" to place a comment), but I don't consider it completely necessary, as common sense is a better way to act(imho).

So take this as a simple request to all folks who have additional rights on Ask Fedora and please place a comment if you think it will help.

Best Regards

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Indeed, one of my questions was closed a few days back and I found it quite rude to learn by email that my post was closed for duplicate reason without any link.

remjg gravatar imageremjg ( 2014-06-22 08:27:57 -0500 )edit

I had two cases, today, where both the original and duplicate post were in my list of posts to moderate, right next to each other. In both cases, I edited the duplicate to add a link to the original post before closing.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-06-22 15:09:09 -0500 )edit

Thank you @sideburns. I hope all folks follow your example, now and at the future. And by this, we won't have frustrated users who don't know why their questions have been closed.

NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-06-22 15:58:42 -0500 )edit

I can't speak for any other moderator, but I only close a post as a duplicate if both of them are by the same person. With moderation, two people can ask essentially the same question without knowing it, and depending on circumstances, the answers they need might be different.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-06-22 16:09:42 -0500 )edit

I've seen quite a few duplicates lately where questions are identical or trivially different, posted by the same user, and submitted within a few minutes of each other. I think that between the submit delay and posts "disappearing" into the moderation queue, people are confused and think that their post did not go through. In these obvious cases, I've been deleting the least informative duplicate. Cluttering up the search results and question list with identical questions has no value to anyone.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-06-22 22:15:13 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-06-21 18:00:18 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

That was me, and I only did it because the two questions were right next to the other on the main page, and the posting times were less than five minutes apart. However, I'll keep your suggestion in mind in the future, especially when the duplicates are well separated. Thanx for the feedback.

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I wanted to do this request, but forgetting all the time :P. I hope you understand that your action on the question it was just a reminder. :-)

NickTux gravatar imageNickTux ( 2014-06-21 18:27:21 -0500 )edit

@sideburns, can you fix that for the example cited?

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-06-21 20:47:46 -0500 )edit

Done! Not only did I add a comment, I included a link the the earlier post, which is still open.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2014-06-21 20:52:43 -0500 )edit

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