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Options when question is duplicate of one with no/inadequate/old answers?

Seven ways to help revive/refresh a question (including closed questions), and its answers are by: using the share button beneath the question to advertise it to your networks (no rep needed) ...
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How to raise same question on different Stack Exchange sites?

Cross-posting, or asking on multiple SE sites, is generally discouraged. You should pick the most appropriate site and ask there. If little or no response, you could flag with a request that it be ...
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What is the canonical question to close "layers with the same CRS not overlapping" questions as duplicate of?

The duplicate targets that I propose for such questions depend on the software being asked about: for ArcMap, I use Layers with same coordinate system should align/overlap in ArcMap but do not? for ...
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Why was a question marked a duplicate of something asking for completely different information?

The best way to avoid this sort of closure is to include a paragraph in your question saying something like - I read the following answers and they help but are missing the exact measurement I need. ...
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Should "duplicate" be used when the question is different, but the actual problem is the same?

If the best answer to the other question actually does answer the second question, mark it Duplicate, and add a comment to fine tune (not absolutely necessary but nice; a straight "this is dupe" can ...
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Marking questions as duplicate when by same user and unanswered?

I believe moderators do not have the same restrictions--and they can also unilaterally just delete one of the questions if necessary--so one option is to flag the question for moderator attention. ...
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Cross-posting Duplicate Questions to Different Communities?

There is an excellent Meta SE Q&A about this: Is cross-posting a question on multiple Stack Exchange sites permitted if the question is on-topic for each site? In particular I think this quote ...
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Reopen a post (marked as duplicated) on inserting layers to QGIS in a specific position

I've clarified the question title and afterwards reopened the question. Along PolyGeo's lines, I would like to encourage everyone to help improve questions - especially by clarifying the question ...
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Re-asking old questions with correct (but now dated) answers?

Please do not re-ask the question: that goes against one of the principal aims of the site, which is to have a well-organized canonical set of answers. Re-asking creates a duplicate. Duplication ...
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Flagging own question as duplicate or deleting it?

I think you should vote to close it as a duplicate which I think should take effect immediately. That way it becomes another signpost to the same answer.
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Should GUI questions really be duplicates of coded solutions?

I prefer to treat questions about code separate from questions about the GUI of a GIS product too. That is why I rarely support questions being coded as: qgis and pyqgis; or arcgis-desktop and ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - GIS

This is certainly not your fault, but I cannot help wondering how much easier your project and our task would be if: all of our question bodies had only a single question (indicated by the only ...
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Marking a question as a duplicate of another one that doesn't have an accepted answer?

Moderators can mark questions as duplicates of Q&As with unaccepted answers. In this situation I would recommend flagging (which you did) for a moderator to mark one as a duplicate of the other. ...
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Marking questions as duplicate when by same user and unanswered?

I'm glad you asked about this because I saw the same question come through and tried to close it as a duplicate of the earlier one with the same result as you. I just saw this Meta SE Q&A (Is it ...
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Should we close Questions as duplicates of old, unanswered Questions?

Regarding the question title: Should we close Questions as duplicates of old, unanswered Questions? It is not possible anymore to mark a question as a duplicate, without the older/original thread ...
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How to get a question flagged without enough reputation to do so?

Thank you for bringing that to our attention. I have marked the second question as a duplicate. As you indicated, you need 15 reputation (source) to start flagging questions. This is to ensure that ...
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Deleting merged questions asked by the same OP?

In the answer to What is a "merged" question? it says: If you believe a merge stub is no longer useful, flag it for moderator attention and ask for it to be deleted. I think that is ...
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Undoing/retracting vote to reopen question that was closed as duplicate?

The ability to retract re-open votes is the subject of a feature request at Meta Stack Exchange - see Ability to retract reopen/delete votes. It has been open for more than 5 years and appears not to ...
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If reading the answers to another question solved a problem, does that definitively mean that the first question is a duplicate?

I think definitively is too strong of a word to use in conjunction with the duplicate process which has a lot of grey in it but, given that qualification, I would answer Yes, based on the answer to ...
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Cannot find duplicate using search in flagging dialog?

In the type-in field at the top I always paste the URL to the duplicate rather than its title. I had not noticed the suggestion that a search could be used, though. Rather than a bug I think it is ...
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Make a former question a duplicate of a later one

On a few occasions I have made earlier poor questions into duplicates of later much better ones by a different user. I may even have done that for the same user using a single account over the course ...
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Re-asking old questions with correct (but now dated) answers?

To address this dot point: We can't make the "accepted" answer non-accepted, and the accepted answer is always at the top. A minor point is that the accepted answer is always at the top, ...
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Re-asking old questions with correct (but now dated) answers?

I think this answer (which I am now updating) is a good place to address this part of your question: For various reasons, only a small fraction of users will use/edit old questions and provide ...
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Should "duplicate" be used when the question is different, but the actual problem is the same?

This issue came up in the Canonical Question question I asked a while back here on meta. How do you find that canonical answer which is the same when the question might be very different? My original ...
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Deleting merged questions asked by the same OP?

This is not only about merged questions from same OP, but also about normal duplicates from same OP (i.e. self-duplicate questions). The merged ones are a particular case because they are locked ...
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Should the same question with different answers be marked as duplicate and/or merged?

Your Question prompted me to look for advice on how Questions can be merged in the process of making them duplicates. The best reference that I could find quickly was this blog posting by Jeff Atwood....
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Reopen a post (marked as duplicated) on inserting layers to QGIS in a specific position

I am not planning to try and judge whether or not the first (later) question has been correctly made a duplicate of the second (earlier) question. However, I will offer some procedural advice. If ...
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Re-opening question about Installing PostGIS into schema other than public?

Yes, obviously the question that my question was deliberately duplicating should not have been closed and thus should be re-opened. The question that should be re-opened is the opposite of the ...
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Confused about the rules

Without links to the particular Q&As that have led to your confusion it is not possible to give specific advice. If a thread is months or years old and doesn't have a clear answer (or any ...
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Flagging own question as duplicate or deleting it?

Perhaps there was a reason you did not find the other question. So, besides what @PolyGeo answered, I suggest always try editing the duplicate question for readability and searchability (title, body ...
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