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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. ...
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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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Question and accepted answer got lot of upvotes despite easily googlable

That question made the "Hot Network Questions" list: This is shown on the right hand sidebar on every site on the Stack Exchange network. That's why the question and answer got so many votes: people ...
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Is a question really a duplicate if specifically asked about one tool but suggested duplicate is for another?

In general I don't like to give answers that ignore part of the question; nobody would answer a question about Chrome with "here's how you do it in Firefox". But text-processing is turning into rather ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Who should I argue my case to if I think my question is not a duplicate?

I only see 1 question in your history that was marked as a duplicate. This is the one you're referring to? check if string represents valid path in BASH. This question was closed by a single user who ...
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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? (...
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Is a question really a duplicate if specifically asked about one tool but suggested duplicate is for another?

Yes. That's one of the consequences of the XY problem. Users tend to name out tools which they think might solve the current problem using the current approach. I have often seen people tag a ...
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Virtual consoles (Linux–FreeBSD): possibly mistaken closure

The closed question will remain closed even if we decide it's not a dupe. It is asking 3 questions at once and that would make it too broad anyway. In any case, if you feel you have something to add ...
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Are questions about command substitution considered duplicates?

It doesn't seem like much of a problem to me. I like the first answer you linked to, from Gilles; it looks already semi-canonical, though it has other info pertinent to that specific question mixed ...
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Question and accepted answer got lot of upvotes despite easily googlable

My attitude is twofold: For myself, I don't bother asking a question until either (a) I have done some serious googling, or (b) I have a question so interesting that I think it should be here ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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"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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Question and accepted answer got lot of upvotes despite easily googlable

I don't understand it either... if someone can't ask a good question (like your use of "append" in the search example, but "without deleting" in the question), then it's not a good question, and does ...
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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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Is a question really a duplicate if specifically asked about one tool but suggested duplicate is for another?

My opinions: It's not a duplicate question, however: It should be noted in the question very clearly (by the asker) that (a) he knows how to do it using other tools and is aware of those other tools,...
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Question and accepted answer got lot of upvotes despite easily googlable

Looking at the way the question was phrased, the OP probably wasn't familiar with the term "append". Granted, simply searching for the title of the post would also find the answer, a bit down the list....
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Is "Why problem X exists" duplicate of "How to solve problem X"?

I came here with the same question as OP. Assuming a person asking a question is using the English language properly, "how" and "why" can drastically change the question being asked. I don't believe ...
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Can we leave a Comment before casting a close vote?

Voting to close as a duplicate leaves a comment. I can't see the history of this question now, and it's been thoroughly messed up by Jeff. For future reference, if there is a vote to close as ...
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