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[together] When question is marked as duplicate, votes/followers should be moved

asked 2015-01-21 22:46:38 +0300

Jolly-Jo gravatar image

updated 2015-04-23 11:50:56 +0300

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It can take rather long to discover duplicates, and quite a few voters of the duplicate question or idea might not realize / be asked / remember to go to the older original question to vote again.

Therefore: Would it be possible to transfer the votes of the marked-as-duplicate question to the older original question? Or is there some mechanism like that already?


as all "just upvoters" don't get informed about a closed question, it's necessary to move the upvotes to the correct question, otherwise the statistics are (up to the really very popular ones) pretty useless, as the upvotes are spread over 5-10-...? duplicates

as jolla is one of the main users of this software, and there are some upstream requests, and obviously interest and would be a great benefit in usability, i'd say jolla can't just come up with "well, lets someone else do it", as TJC is pretty messed up and the search too isn't that much of a help.

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Even more important, force a link to the post it is a duplicate of.

Sometimes the person closing a post as a duplicate has the good manners to link to the original in a comment or an answer, sometimes not. But even if he does, the comment or answer may be lost in the sea of other comments. Having the link right in the yellow box that says "this is a duplicate" would be a big plus indeed.

pichlo ( 2015-01-21 23:58:42 +0300 )edit

I can see a problem with votes being lost in case of a question wrongly being marked as duplicate.

nthn ( 2015-01-22 01:52:25 +0300 )edit

Yes, there's of course an issue with wrongly marked duplicates. But for that case there could be a delay after which the question cannot be re-opened again, and only after that delay the votes are transferred.

Jolly-Jo ( 2015-01-22 08:19:22 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-01-21 23:58:31 +0300

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There's no mechanism as such and adding votes in the backend is possible, yet it might triggers issues since votes have to be linked to a user and this instance is set to have a single vote per post. The only sensible way is to advise other users to go and upvote the topic pointed at when setting as duplicate. Usually users do :)

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Well, I'm sure the user-info could also be copied in the db, leaving out those votes of users who have already voted for both. Sounds like it's not too difficult a piece of SQL. Might of course be difficult to realize if Askbot does not support this kind of thing. IMHO the only real conceptual issue would be with questions being re-opened, like mentioned above.

Jolly-Jo ( 2015-01-22 08:27:39 +0300 )edit

@Jolly-Jo: If a merging feature and votes consolidation in Askbot is really what you want then please, file a feature request in the upstream project, thanks! I'll close this for now...

eric ( 2015-01-22 17:57:13 +0300 )edit

@eric: Well, I mainly wanted to ask if there is already a feature (in Askbot or on top of it) which could be used for this purpose. Apparently nothing which satifies all criteria, so let's leave it. But I suppose most people (like me) don't even get notifications for marked duplicates, so I still consider this to be somewhat problematic.

Jolly-Jo ( 2015-01-22 19:27:08 +0300 )edit

@Jolly-Jo: Since duplicates are linked into an answer of the post and retagged with duplicate you should receive a notification as long as you're following the post (in case you haven't created, edited, answered or commented you can still use the follow button on the right)

eric ( 2015-01-23 09:56:42 +0300 )edit

@eric: I know I could follow all posts I vote for. My point is that following a post and voting for it are 2 different things. Actually, what about an additional subscription option? "Notifications for posts I voted for?"

Jolly-Jo ( 2015-01-23 10:01:32 +0300 )edit
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