Deduplicate Together

asked 2015-11-04 13:12:55 +0300

r0kk3rz gravatar image

updated 2015-11-09 16:24:52 +0300

eric gravatar image

Duplicate questions are a bit of a never ending battle here on TJC, and we as a community do a reasonable job of closing duplicates quickly as they arise, however the duplicate topics still remain.

One possible solution is to make sure any question closed as Duplicate, gets the Duplicate Tag. This will allow people to add Duplicate to their Ignored Tag list so they don't show up in the main lists on TJC, but still can be found by search.

It would be nice if the TJC Admins could batch process any existing questions currently closed as Duplicate to add the Duplicate tag, and perhaps investigate a way to automatically add the tag upon closure.

In the mean time, any diligent question closers remember to add the tag when closing as Duplicate

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ping @tigeli@eric

r0kk3rz ( 2015-11-04 18:14:47 +0300 )edit

@r0kk3rz: Thanks for your suggestion! We already explored the idea of automating tagging upon resolving but there are many aspects that are tricky to deal with, such as number of tags (5 max.) and which would be dropped if needed, quite hard to actually automate. I usually search for duplicates from time to time and add the tag whenever it's missing, and believe many others do to. In any case, it's a very good idea to follow-up on duplicates and we could probably add it to the Feature Tags list on the front page to help better, what do you think?

eric ( 2015-11-05 11:09:10 +0300 )edit

Thanks @eric, I figured this might have been something you guys had already explored, was more a reminder to question closers that this feature is available to use.

For automating I would just drop either the first or the last tag (if tag.count == 5) and just accept the fact that you might remove a useful tag. Since the first tag is usually bug or feature-request or idea when it comes to dupes it might be a good candidate.

For feature tags, I would lean towards having duplicate as an ignored tag by default for new users, but still allow people remove it if they want to for some reason. Maybe you could also add it to the tag selector in the question editor? would make it a bit more discoverable.

r0kk3rz ( 2015-11-05 11:34:41 +0300 )edit