That notice was actually an unintended consequence of another site setting, so if IPS does this it'll need to take both. The main goal on Workplace was to make big piles of comments less prominent. Now, all comments anywhere on the page that aren't upvoted are automatically collapsed if there are at least N answers on the question. N is set to 2. (The ...
In general, Question X is closed as a duplicate of Question Y if answers to Question Y would answer Question X (in the case where Question Y has answers). See, for instance, the help center:
Questions should be closed by casting close votes if:
they are sufficiently similar to existing questions and would be answered identically to them.
If you ask a ...
I think the questions being considered duplicate should be done pragmatically, with the main criteria being:
would answers to the original question answer this one as well?
This is still a bit subjective and opinion based, but at least there is something to guide the opinion.
I think this is a good idea, including the "attached" feature pointed out by Monica Cellio. I would put the threshold at either 5 or 3; I think in IP it's very rare that there's an obvious "right" answer so there's benefit in seeing several different perspectives.
I would probably go for a threshold of 5, but if that seems too high then 3 is an equally "...
1: that would blow up the review queue! It is also unfair to those users who post at hours where the review items are not handled as fast as at other times. Their answer would not show up for hours.
2: mods have enough on their plate already. If there were a normal (non-mod) flag for duplicate answers though, I would be okay with that. For the moment, just ...
I notice that you just created your account - probably when you came to ask this meta question.
This isn't a bug, it's status-bydesign.
From the Duplicates FAQ on MSE:
Furthermore, if the question is unanswered, and there is only one target, then anonymous visitors are automatically redirected to the duplicate.
If you're logged in, you get the actual ...
Within the infinite variation in human activity, it's hard for me to imagine a true duplicate question for this site, at least if people are talking truly about their own specific issues.
What I can see is a great deal of asking people to flesh out their questions, and to explain why their situation is different from another that has already been posted. ...
Closing questions as duplicates works best for "objective" subjects, math, computer science, and the hard sciences generally.
In "psychology" or interpersonal relationships, no two situations are exactly alike, so we should have more latitude for duplicates than on the science sites.