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Schengen overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

Suggested Syntax: **Question** - [link to dupe] (possibly comments) Where should I apply? Can I apply for a Schengen visa at a country where I'm not a citizen? If so, under what conditions? ...
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Can we actually merge questions along with their answers, rather than marking one as a dupe of another?

It is indeed possible to merge questions, but by default they're closed as duplicates rather than merged together. You can read more about merged posts in this Meta post. If you see a question that ...
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Adding detail to existing "encyclopedic" questions - a proposal

Summary: SE explictly encourages having lots of questions ("millions of questions... [so] someone types a question into Google and finds their exact question already answered"). It also allows "...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

It's clear from the asker's wording and comments that what they are getting at with the question is, they want to know if there any mixed-transport route from Canada to Japan that's cheaper than ...
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Schengen overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

Core documents to be used as part of answering questions: Schengen Visa Code - explains the rules for issuing Schengen visas Schengen Borders Code - spells out nuances related to crossing the ...
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Can we / should we mark every visa question as a duplicate?

No, for several reasons: The IATA website asks for a lot of irrelevant and sometimes hard to understand questions. I do not find it easy to use and I am very familiar with the regulations, e.g. in ...
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Editing an older answer and subsequently marking a newer question as a duplicate

I own this one. The question was about providing onward travel tickets instead of return tickets. I looked at the 'canonical' and noted that it could be improved by changing 'return' to 'return/...
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UK visas overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

Suggested Syntax: **Question** - [link to dupe] (possibly comments) Visa requirements at application stage Should I submit bank statements when applying for a UK Visa? What do they say about me? ...
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Why is this question about entering the UK marked as a duplicate of a layover question?

I think this has two aspects, the superficial and the substantive. The significance of the latter impacts my assessment of the former but to consider the superficial first: The Title as the time I ...
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Hammer deletes comments. Is it fair to do that?

I have noticed a similar behavior. Apparently when you comment with a link to the dupe question and then vote to dupe-close, that comment is treated the same way as the standard "Possible duplicate of ...
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Should "need Schengen visa?" questions with particular circumstances be closed as duplicate?

For the sake of consensus building, I will write two - opposite - answers to the question at hand. Feel free to up/downvote accordingly and to edit to add arguments if it seems necessary. Closing ...
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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?

I would suggest asking the question with (a) Belgium prominently in the title and as a tag, (b) including a link to the German question to clarify it is not, in your eyes, a duplicate. As you state ...
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US visas overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

1 ESTA and VWP What is the US Visa Waiver Program and what is an ESTA? In practice, what is the distinction between ESTA and visas? Official ESTA application website and are the others scams? Dual ...
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UK visas overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

Core documents to be used as part of answering questions: Immigration Rules Appendix V: visitor rules Visitor: supporting documents guide https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/common-travel-area
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Should "need Schengen visa?" questions with particular circumstances be closed as duplicate?

In general, the answers to visa questions — especially ‘do I need a Schengen visa for transit?’ are somewhere between strongly similar and identical. And that is exactly what Stack Exchange was ...
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Why is this question about entering the UK marked as a duplicate of a layover question?

I can see the reasoning Gayot is presenting, but I respectfully disagree with parts of his answer. I still believe that duplicates should be essentially the same question. If I were to ask a question ...
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Should "need Schengen visa?" questions with particular circumstances be closed as duplicate?

Would you rather have 500 questions with 500 out-of-date answers? Or 500 questions pointing to 1 out-of-date answer that can be changed and keep the whole site in sync? The last changes to the ...
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Why is this question a duplicate?

Typically, we don't like questions regarding "cheapest" planning on the site - see a very old debate here called The WANTA™ debate (We are not travel agents). It's also documented in our on-topic ...
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Question about domestic tolls in India was wrongly closed as a duplicate

It's open again now :)
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Adding detail to existing "encyclopedic" questions - a proposal

What you call an encyclopaedic question is referred to as a canonical question in SE jargon. Many, if not most, SE sites use, accept, and rely upon these to close duplicates of commonly asked ...
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Adding detail to existing "encyclopedic" questions - a proposal

I can only agree with the opinion of @EugeneO and the discussion he is starting here is very valuable! I have made the same point as a comment to the question that got subsequently ignored/...
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Editing an older answer and subsequently marking a newer question as a duplicate

On seeing your question, user Gayot Fow was inclined to notice that the existing answer they had placed was wrong - return tickets are not an absolute requirement, merely onwards travel that the ...
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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 questions are so much alike that they the difference between them might belong to a language site, it is too small for the travel site. You know US officers do sometimes stamp and other times do ...
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Go-to question for money-exchange related queries

I vote against closing all new exchange rate questions as duplicates of one go-to question. I have experienced in the past that often there are differences from country to country on where you could ...
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Go-to question for money-exchange related queries

I would vote for a go-to question. I was wondering what an answer to such a question can bring and reading the answers to this question, we can see people listing places where the rate is good (and ...
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Better use for this duplicate question

Maybe the question could be edited to reflect this? NO. See: do not: Change the meaning of the post. the questions are different, so is it really a duplicate? NO: Don't close a question that ...
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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?

All we need is a canonical on transfers during transit, so I've simply changed the title of the existing question to Does one need a visa to transfer between two airports during a transit through the ...
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Should Comments indicating possible duplication be flagged when incorrect?

You should not flag any comment unless it belongs to any of the followings: If you don't agree with the comment with a duplicate link, you can make a comment using @ + commenter's user name or edit ...
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If I have a more general answer, should I create a new general question?

It's definitely a good idea to create a brand new generic question and to provide links to it wherever relevant. I would question the wisdom of closing existing questions as duplicates, at least if ...
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If I have a more general answer, should I create a new general question?

Yes, please create a new canonical and mark all the previous questions on topic as duplicates.
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