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In the right column of a question are "related posts", which are questions that SE has identified as having similar keywords in the text. When looking at a post, take a look at the related questions listed. They may jar your memory; alternately, you can click on and read them, too. And some questions are so simple you can't help but think "Someone must ...


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Yes, closed questions are valid duplicate targets. I often see off-topic questions that have been asked multiple times before, and closing as a duplicate of an earlier occurrence of the question is arguably the cleanest way to deal with them. This way you don't have to debate the close reason a second time because it has likely been explained in comments on ...


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I think this answer and this GrahamHill answer are very good. Both answers make a pretty good effort to explain the reason why a "standard" solution (antivirus, antirootkit, ...) is often not enough, and both answers use, at least in my opinion, a very clear language. It is true that nuking from orbit is not a "very accessible" option, maybe for economic ...


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That question is perfectly appropriate where it is. It would also be on topic here but that doesn't mean we would migrate it. Flagging as dupe only works on the same site, but remember you can always flag as "other" and write the reason in the free text field. Mods still see it.


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I think compiling lists is a good idea. The only question is where to put them. Using a meta tag such as community-faq feels like abusing the tag system. It is not a topic within security, and hence should not be a tag. A meta question is good, but it risks getting out of hand. There are surely ten XSS questions I would include, and a hundred topics like ...


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It isn't showing that you flagged as a duplicate. It's showing that you flagged for recommended closure, and this disables both flagging as “should be closed” and flagging as a duplicate. “Duplicate” and “should be closed” are both recommended closure flags.


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The best route is exactly what you have done - post in here, or flag to moderators. We'll get a good look and take one of 3 actions: leave as is (default, especially if the old answers are ok) - possibly add a link to point from the old one to the new change the dupe direction (if the answers on the new question are much better) merge (if there are good ...


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If the question is on topic on both sites (and that is a big if) I would say that you don't need to do anything. I don't think cross site duplicates are inherently bad - for instance this highly upvoted question started as a deliberate duplicate of a quesiton on Server Fault. You can leave a helpful link to the cross site duplicates in the comments (as I ...


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A mod flag can work in this scenario. The mods can sort out to migrate or close it down. There are limitations in what can be done if the question already has an accepted answer or answers with a lot of points.


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My name shows up as one of the close voters of that question, but I did not vote to close it as a duplicate and I don't think it is a duplicate. I voted to close it as to broad. Here are some things that taken together makes it a different question in my opinion: A home use scenario v. a proffessional server scenario requires answers on different levels. ...


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In general, and this is why I agreed with the flags and other close votes, a compromised device is a compromised device. It needs to be removed from service, imaged (if forensic investigation is going to be carried out), wiped, and rebuilt from new or from backup. There is little to be gained from trying to distinguish between a server, desktop computer or ...


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One of the privileges for those with gold tag badges is that they are allowed to close questions in that tag as dupes - based on the fact they obviously are very familiar with it. This does work rather well, as the community member really only needs to remember the posts in their tag.


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Generally, duplicates stick around to serve as signposts to the original question. The person asking that question is often using different keywords, so people searching by those keywords — like you! — will find the duplicate and be lead to the original by it. Questions do get deleted sometimes, but only when they are of no lasting value ...


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If an answer on the 2nd question is also relevant to the 1st, or if there is significant overlap then posts fill be flagged as duplicates. There is no specific motivation for points, but there is a general motivation to improve the site. So the answer to your headline question is No. If you could point to specific posts this would be easier. Generally ...


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I once looked for a solution to a problem and found various Unix StackExchange, SuperUser and StackOverflow answers to variants of the question, or straight-out the same question. To assist future googlers, I posted the answer to four or five questions, saying something like "I answered this here before [link]: [citation]", editing slightly depending on ...


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I agree that straight duplication of content does not help anybody, not even the OP because they lose all the context of the original answer (comment threads, vote count, etc), in addition to gumming up the search algorithms, misrepresenting votes counts, etc. Is it possible to simplify the situation into four broad categories? A duplicate answer indicates ...


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Strictly for the question Help! I think my Windows home PC has a virus! How do I get rid of it? the answer should be a 'panic button mode' one. In other words what should I do now? This answer is: reinstall your PC (*). This is the only reasonable solution for someone who is not experienced -- and he is not as he is asking this question. A lot of pain ...


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A. Darwin and Jan Doggen have shed some light on the point what a possible answer should contain. Therefore I would like to focus on the point, if we should give an answer at all. In the helpcenter are two topics, that deal with "What topics can I ask about here?" and "What types of questions should I avoid asking?". Reading both of them I think, a ...


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Not an expert on networking, so I can not say a lot about the specifics of your question. Someone with better knowledge of that area could probably give you a more useful answer. But I think the thing to do in a situations like this in general is: Keep the quesiton narrow. Exactly what resource is it that you want to protect on the AP? As I understand it, ...


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I'm a bit surprised that the huge number of posts we have on this don't cover it off sufficiently for you. They cover why longer is better than short, the pros and cons of complexity, and the need for the individual to define their risk appetite, as well as when to change passwords, monitoring tools like haveIbeenpwned, and storage of passwords. I don't ...


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It can be, yes. When a question is closed as dupe, it remains as a stub pointing at the duplicate, so anyone who hits the closed question when doing a search finds the other one automatically. In this instance the answer seems very relevant and obvious, so I agreed with the flags and vote to close as dupe - and did the necessary. The question doesn't have ...


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I agree that this wording still needs improvement, several years after this question was first asked. For duplicates where there is a large amount of similarity it works great, but I've seen a lot of examples where the similarity is not apparent. I'd like to quote David Fullerton here (although in context he was talking about a different message to the ...


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