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Together: merge / link duplicated questions to first asked ones

asked 2013-12-27 20:52:18 +0200

Neo gravatar image

updated 2013-12-30 18:04:21 +0200

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When someone asks a question that already exists on together.jolla.com, someone can close it and point out to the primary (original) question. Would it be helpful to make a real link, so that someone who is looking at the original question can see that there has been some duplicated questions (and see them from there), because the details, comments or answers from the duplicated questions can give some more information about the topic. Basically, this would mean two changes: 1. if a question is closed because of being duplicated, the person closing it would have to make a link to the original question. 2. looking at the original question would make possible to see that they where duplicated ones and see them. edit: "merge" added to topic to avoid future duplicates

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I agree - closing as duplicate without providing a link is pretty useless.

Malakim ( 2013-12-27 21:03:43 +0200 )edit

Hm, wouldn't it be quite unfriendly, if a post is deleted and replaced with a different question? In my opinion it's much more nice to add a comment with the link to the similar question and then close the duplicate. BTW: can one sort out [closed] answers when reviewing all questions?

ibins ( 2013-12-27 21:13:11 +0200 )edit

ibins you misunderstood me. it is not about deleting a question and replacing it with another one. It is exactly about that what you commented.

Neo ( 2013-12-27 21:15:57 +0200 )edit

Ah! Sorry for the misunderstanding!

ibins ( 2013-12-27 21:18:52 +0200 )edit

yeah if you close as duplicate it should require you to provide the duplicated question link, that is a missing feature of TJC/askbot.

Kontio ( 2013-12-27 21:19:45 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-01-03 04:24:36 +0200

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We need to find a solution for this soon... e.g. Searching with word "email" brings up >160 results now. After our portal has been used only for two weeks, it's already getting difficult to avoid duplicates. Searcing through all the answered, unanswered and answer accepted questions is too much now. Trying to suggest another kind of solution here:

  • Instead of merging, let's start to clean up. First by commenting like "could this question be handled together with this one", leaving the author a change to consider it, but if the comment isn't answered (remember to add @), just go and do it by anyone - editing both the topic and details, possibly adding an answer, and mentioning that there's some moved content from this and that closed question.

Then there's the question of which one to close when doing the work to bring two questions together. I see only two choises - either the newer one should be closed, or the less active one. I suggest we just use some common sense in this - there must be a reason for difference in activity, so sometimes it might be a better idea to close an older, less active one. In general, and in close to even situations in activity, of course the newer one.

Questions brought together should be quite closely related. This is a somewhat strong answer, I know, so some downvoting expected too. Just please try to see how our portal looks like after the next New Year Eve to understand why I suggest such a radical move at this point. IMHO Wwe should be able to handle all email related problems in half of the current amount of questions, or even less, instead of seeing even more in a short time. Maybe I'm not so unlike this time - this is pure common sense.

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Probably the easy solution is to exclude CLOSED questions from search?

stezz ( 2014-01-04 14:20:35 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-12-31 16:06:39 +0200

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Original on askbot's askbot http://askbot.org/en/question/8096/add-ability-to-indicate-which-post-a-question-is-a-duplicate-of/

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answered 2013-12-29 13:44:19 +0200

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askbot code is OSS (and it's python+Django!) if you are capable (or if anyone is) you can implement this in askbot gitrepo (https://github.com/ASKBOT)

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