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Is it bad to repeat a question if an existing one is hard to find?

If the existing question is poorly formulated, edit it! Improvements are always welcome. If you think that the existing formulation is fine, you can still edit the question to add search fodder, e.g. ...
Gilles 'SO- stop being evil''s user avatar
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"This question already has a lousy answer here"

Ask your question again. Link to the existing one, explain that the solutions there didn't help you, or that there are no solutions at all. Make sure your question is a better one than the dupe (more ...
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Do we have a go-to reference Q&A for "I want to do {grep,sed,awk} on {xml,json,yaml,csv with text}, how do I shoot myself in the foot?" questions?

Summary of long answer: I suggest that a canonical question+answer about using dedicated tools to process structured documents may not be useful for avoiding duplicates because the actual issues ...
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Closing out questions

Questions are closed for different reasons, but it sounds like you're specifically asking about duplicate questions. There's no need for duplicate questions because old questions don't expire -- if ...
Michael Mrozek's user avatar
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"This question already has a lousy answer here"

This situation is partially due to voting patterns. People don't like to downvote lousy answers, because doing so makes them look ungrateful (if only in their own eyes) and cost them rep. Add some ...
Dmitry Grigoryev's user avatar
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Closing out questions

Are you referring to situations where at the time the question was asked the solution X was correct, but a year or several later, solution X is no longer correct, and solution Y is more appropriate? (...
Chris Davies's user avatar
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Unix & Linux

From what I have seen so far, your dataset contains very few duplicates. Now, I do understand that this is something normal: your goal is to improve the algorithm, so in the beginning it's expected to ...
Dmitry Grigoryev's user avatar
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Duplicate questions, where to find them

Below the question title. Two styles of banners are used (the old one is actually inserted as editable text in the question, the new one is not part of the question text): new old
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How to merge my own duplicate question?

Since the question has already been marked as a duplicate, you can simply click on the button to accept the dupe target: For more information on this feature, see: New UI encourages askers to confirm ...
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My question wasn't specific enough, but got I got the right answer anyway. How should I proceed?

The linked duplicates and the existing answers addressed the question that you wrote. That'd be enough, in my opinion, to open a separate question. If there was confusion amongst the commenters or ...
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How to suggest a similar question

Yes, it is a privilege, called flagging, granted in this site at 15 rep. You flag a post as a duplicate if you feel it has been already answered. Flag posts Privilege type: Moderation ...
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Duplicated question, new answer

Just close the old question as a duplicate of the new one. Age is not really relevant when deciding which should be closed and which should be the dupe target: you just pick the best question, or the ...
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so–called "duplicates" are effectively killed from view from initial link - why not make that clear?

For what it's worth, I can see why you're frustrated about this. Now I notice how the site behaved, I am really weirded out by it. But I don't think that means we should undo this specific duplicate....
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"This question already has a lousy answer here"

Close as duplicate. If necessary, answer the existing question, edit it to improve the question (there's almost always room to do so!), or add a bounty to it. If something got a lousy answer once, ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Unix & Linux

The project is drawing to a close, and I am planning to take down the annotation interface this weekend. Thank you very much to everyone who helped out, and thank you for all the valuable feedback ...
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