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In context of thisthis question of mine that was closed as a duplicate, I have a few questions:

1) What is the policy on editing the accepted answer to an older question and then marking a new question as duplicate?

I assume that "duplicate" mean "duplicate when it was asked". But if someone can edit an answer on an old broader question to include the answer to your new specific question, then all questions on the site are potential duplicates?

2) For the question concerned, I feel the close vote confuses duplicate questions with different questions that have one part of their answer as duplicate. The newer question is specific while the 'Canonical' question is too broad and still does not answer it entirely. Thoughts?


Marking a question as duplicate is also a rap on the knuckles that says "you did not search well enough". But this is misleading, as at the time of asking the new question, the original question had an accepted answer that did not provide a solution to the newer question.

In context of this question of mine that was closed as a duplicate, I have a few questions:

1) What is the policy on editing the accepted answer to an older question and then marking a new question as duplicate?

I assume that "duplicate" mean "duplicate when it was asked". But if someone can edit an answer on an old broader question to include the answer to your new specific question, then all questions on the site are potential duplicates?

2) For the question concerned, I feel the close vote confuses duplicate questions with different questions that have one part of their answer as duplicate. The newer question is specific while the 'Canonical' question is too broad and still does not answer it entirely. Thoughts?


Marking a question as duplicate is also a rap on the knuckles that says "you did not search well enough". But this is misleading, as at the time of asking the new question, the original question had an accepted answer that did not provide a solution to the newer question.

In context of this question of mine that was closed as a duplicate, I have a few questions:

1) What is the policy on editing the accepted answer to an older question and then marking a new question as duplicate?

I assume that "duplicate" mean "duplicate when it was asked". But if someone can edit an answer on an old broader question to include the answer to your new specific question, then all questions on the site are potential duplicates?

2) For the question concerned, I feel the close vote confuses duplicate questions with different questions that have one part of their answer as duplicate. The newer question is specific while the 'Canonical' question is too broad and still does not answer it entirely. Thoughts?


Marking a question as duplicate is also a rap on the knuckles that says "you did not search well enough". But this is misleading, as at the time of asking the new question, the original question had an accepted answer that did not provide a solution to the newer question.

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Editing an older answer and subsequently marking a newer question as a duplicate

In context of this question of mine that was closed as a duplicate, I have a few questions:

1) What is the policy on editing the accepted answer to an older question and then marking a new question as duplicate?

I assume that "duplicate" mean "duplicate when it was asked". But if someone can edit an answer on an old broader question to include the answer to your new specific question, then all questions on the site are potential duplicates?

2) For the question concerned, I feel the close vote confuses duplicate questions with different questions that have one part of their answer as duplicate. The newer question is specific while the 'Canonical' question is too broad and still does not answer it entirely. Thoughts?


Marking a question as duplicate is also a rap on the knuckles that says "you did not search well enough". But this is misleading, as at the time of asking the new question, the original question had an accepted answer that did not provide a solution to the newer question.