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Do we only rely on community member's memories to identify duplicates?

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 ...
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Are closed questions valid Duplicate Targets?

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 ...
Arminius's user avatar
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Do we need a canonical question as dupe target for "Help! My computer has a virus!" questions?

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, ...
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How could we make it easier to find common questions and duplicate targets?

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 ...
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What should we do if a question has an answer on some other SE?

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 ...
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How is a question about dealing with a possibly compromised router or modem an "exact duplicate" of a question about a compromised server?

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 ...
Anders's user avatar
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How did I manage to flag this question twice?

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” ...
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Do we only rely on community member's memories to identify duplicates?

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 ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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What should we do if a question has an answer on some other SE?

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 ...
Anders's user avatar
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How is a question about dealing with a possibly compromised router or modem an "exact duplicate" of a question about a compromised server?

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 ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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Do we need a canonical question as dupe target for "Help! My computer has a virus!" questions?

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 ...
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Do we need a canonical question as dupe target for "Help! My computer has a virus!" questions?

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 ...
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Duplicate question with different focus

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 ...
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Can I create a new question about recommended password length?

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 ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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Do we close questions as duplicates based on answers?

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 ...
Rory Alsop's user avatar
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A dupe, but not really a dupe. We need a better auto comment

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 ...
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