Questions tagged [duplicates]

For questions about what counts as a duplicate, identification of duplicates, their implications and how to reduce their incidence. Note the tag [exact-duplicates] may be more appropriate for some questions.

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Why was this question about why US officers sometimes stamp non-US passports closed as a duplicate of whether they do it?

The question Why do US officers sometimes stamp non-US passports? was closed as a duplicate of the question When entering the United States as a permanent resident and with Global Entry, does the US ...
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US visas overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

We see quite a few questions on B1-B2 visas, would it be helpful to create a community wiki along the lines of the existing wikis for Schengen and the UK? Schengen overview community wiki to avoid ...
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How should I ask about how to handle a situation in a particular country when a question exists about that exact situation in another country?

Someone asked about how to deal with bus stops adjacent to cycling lanes in Germany: Who goes first? Person disembarking bus or the bicycle?, where the accepted answer explicitly refers to the German ...
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Can we actually merge questions along with their answers, rather than marking one as a dupe of another?

Sometimes a newer question gets a better answer before it's discovered that a similar question was answered previously. If the newer question is marked as a dupe of the older question, most people ...
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Is "What 4WD vehicle is necessary for Waipoli Road?" really a duplicate?

Why was What 4WD vehicle is necessary for Waipoli Road? closed as a duplicate of How much does an SUV help, for driving popular but poorly paved roads on Big Island?? The former's about a road in Maui;...
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If I have a more general answer, should I create a new general question?

We recently had Does a US permanent resident need a tourist visa to visit Mexico?, which asks whether a Jordanian citizen who is a US permanent resident needs a visa to visit Mexico. In fact, as it ...
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No duplication: 'Are there portable Reverse Osmosis water systems for long-term travellers staying in apartments?'

It is unclear why How to always have Reverse Osmosis filtered water when travelling between apartments with varying plumbing? was closed 'as duplicate' of Are there portable non-electrical water ...
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UK visas overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

We are getting a lot of UK visa questions here and the high number of already existing questions and answers makes it hard to keep track at times. Let's create a community wiki to track all the ...
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For visa questions, is two different specific destinations enough to rule out deemed 'duplication' even where the destinations are not relevant?

Apparently: Does an Indian need a visa to transfer from Paris ORY to Paris CDG? is not a duplicate of: Do I need a visa to transit (or layover) in the Schengen area? (I was one of five who voted ...
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Should Comments indicating possible duplication be flagged when incorrect?

Does it help the community to flag comments that say "duplicate of question X" when it isn't an actual duplicate though the person who commented thought it was? Should this be flagged or deleted or ...
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Why is this question about entering the UK marked as a duplicate of a layover question?

How to enter the UK during a layover as a Filipino citizen? is marked as a duplicate of Is there a way to find out if I need a transit visa for a layover in the UK? The first one is about ...
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Should "need Schengen visa?" questions with particular circumstances be closed as duplicate?

I'd like to ask the community opinion based on this question. It is about transiting through Schengen area, and lists specific OP circumstances (transit airport, and citizenship). Questions like that ...
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Canonical "do I need to recheck luggage?" question

The question of whether one needs to recheck luggage at an intermediate stop on a multileg journey seems to show up at least once every other day, if not more often. Do we have a canonical question we ...
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Questions where the correct answer changes: New question or updating the old one? [duplicate]

Plenty of the questions on this site are such that the correct answer changes over time. A typical example of this is the acceptance of credit cards as a means of payment in certain countries. We may ...
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Hammer deletes comments. Is it fair to do that?

Try these steps... Do your best to make an informative and helpful comment to the OP; Then use Mjölnir on it so that it becomes a duplicate (like somebody is supposed to do when the situation calls ...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

Is there a way to travel from Canada to Japan that's cheaper than the most direct flight routes? I asked this earlier today and it just got closed. I'd like to know the rationale behind it's ...
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Question about domestic tolls in India was wrongly closed as a duplicate

This question was marked (or closed?) as a duplicate of this question. But it's not a duplicate at all. The marked question is about toll regulations domestically in India, not involving any foreign ...
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Adding detail to existing "encyclopedic" questions - a proposal

We seem to have some "encyclopedic" question on the site, that are intended to cover a wide variety of situations. I see a strong tendency to close questions even remotely related to these "...
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Should we dupe-close questions that are older than their duplicate?

In my review queue I recently find a lot of old questions (> 2 years say) that are to be closed as duplicates. With most of them I agree in principle, but the relevant text when closing questions as ...
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Schengen overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

We are getting a lot of visa questions here and the high number of already existing questions and answers makes it hard to keep track at times. My feeling after being on the site for a while is that ...
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Should the duplicate flag be removed if the target question doesn't answer the same thing?

I came searching for the question what should a North American driver know when driving in Europe for the first time, and the following question: What should someone from the US know when driving in ...
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Question does not get answered by duplicate

This question: I have booked a flight from the USA to China and am a dual national. How do I avoid China getting to know this? It got marked as a duplicate, but as I pointed out in the comments, the ...
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Better use for this duplicate question

Now dual Canadian and EU citizen- Does ESTA need to know? This question got marked as a duplicate. Yes, the duplicate question does answer the underlying problem, but I think the question could be ...
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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 ...
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Should I be getting this warning "you're in danger of being blocked" and should my second question be marked as a dup?

Edit: Would appear my dup has been removed and thus fixing the problem with the warning. Wait! Some of your past questions have not been well-received, and you're in danger of being blocked from ...
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Authoritative question about layover checkins

We frequently get nearly identical "Can I check additional luggage during a layover in X?" questions. A few random examples: Is it possible to check in an additional piece of luggage in Singapore on ...
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Can we / should we mark every visa question as a duplicate?

Every single question that asks "do I need a visa" is answered on the IATA Travel Centre. There's no point in trying to guess what rules apply to a certain person when the IATA has it all. So... ...
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Go-to question for money-exchange related queries

Taking Best place to buy Swiss Francs using US dollar as an example, the OP asks for the best exchange rates for USD-CHF conversions. I do wonder what added value such questions bring to the site. ...
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Response behavior when my question is a legitimate duplicate

My question was identified correctly as a duplicate. Should I now leave it alone? Note the warning says: marked as duplicate by jpatokal, Dirty-flow, Karlson, Vince, choster 22 hours ago This ...
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How can a normal user handle an incorrectly closed question?

On Travel.SE, I have 233 rep. I guess I look like a newbie. (I have a lot more rep on another SE site, and know how they work in general.) But it means that I don't have the privileges or ...
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We need to be more careful about closing questions as duplicates

The following 3 questions: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/28/cheapest-mobile-operator-in-europe https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/390/how-can-i-use-my-us-iphone-att-in-a-foreign-...
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What to do with very similar, but still different questions?

Excerpt A: Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice Excerpt B: Marco Polo Airport Transfer from Venice In Excerpt A, the question is a little bit more specific (giving information about the preferred ...
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Cell phone questions in two separate countries are considered duplicates

I posted a question about using cell phones in Japan and now want to post the exact same question except being for South Korea. It is regarded as a duplicate. So how do I go about getting answers to ...
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