I know that this has been mentioned in the chatterbox, and was also
addressed by neophyte
under a different subject, but
I want to mention it again because the message seems forgotten.
I, for one, would really appreciate it if people would take a little more
time when considering duplicates to name or link to the node that is
being duplicated. I see several advantages to doing this:
Each voter can verify that the node is in fact a duplicate according
to her or his definitions of duplication. For example, one of my
nodes was considered as a duplicate because someone else posted an
answer while I was composing mine. It's also possible for the word
duplicate to mean 'someone asked this question just yesterday.'
Neither of these are what I consider duplicates (to me a duplicate
is when the same person posts the same thing), and I would vote to
keep both of these nodes.
In verifying that the node is a duplicate, each voter can also vote
responsibly. Right now it would probably be possible for me to consider
a perfectly fine node, say it is a duplicate, and have it deleted
(although it would be reinstated later). It wouldn't have to be
malice, it could be a simple accident. There are also people who,
when they feel they have insufficient information, vote to keep
or edit the node. In the case of a real duplicate, these votes
could prevent reaping.
At times both the original node and the duplicate are considered as
duplicates. It should be clear that they are considered in relation
to each other--so that people know one consideration was accidental--rather
than in relation to a third post which doesn't actually exist.
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