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It was an initial reaction that changed, so a little too quick on the draw. :) There's no negative to you, flagging duplicates of your own is fine and fairly frequent around here.


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Finding duplicates relies on users of the site remembering older questions, or doing searches, or sometimes noticing the "Related" questions that appear in the sidebar. Usually someone will pick up on it, it will get reviewed and voted on, and then possibly closed as a duplicate. In the meantime your question will usually attract answers, especially when ...


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Points stay. And the asker also can accept an answer after the closing of the question, and that still gives the answerer those accepted answer points.


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If the question is indeed different, then I would call that out in a comment, and I would, if you have the capacity, offer an answer. I think the best defense against a question being prematurely or improperly closed is to start offering answers, and get a discussion going about clarifying the issue so proper answers can be provided. It is entirely possible ...


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So, the question has now been closed as a duplicate. That message does show up for everyone. That's not necessarily permanent, though. If you edit the question to clarify more obviously how the previous question doesn't cover the same thing, it can be reopened.


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That message is only visible to you and is there t alert you tothe fact that there might already be answers to your question on that thread, or that it is not particularly obvious why your question is different to the linked question, so you can adjust to clarify.


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Often, this is because the question has a horrible title. If the question is different from an existing one, that should be readily apparent in order for the title to be useful on the site. That's not just because people in the review queue might be over-hasty — it also helps answerers focus on what really needs to be answered (so you get better results), ...


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I'm mostly just a lurker but came into Meta for this very reason. The new one addresses for example Mirrorless Cameras as a possible alternative to DSLR where the old one rightfully doesn't. Either leave both open or close the old ones.


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I didn't vote to close, but I would say others did because the wording of the question led them to believe you didn't really understand what a stop is. Firstly, you've used what I would call scare quotes around the term stop. That implies you are uncertain about the term, whether it's used correctly etc. To me, quoting it e.g. - giving you extra 'stops' ...


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If we were to mark the older version of this question a duplicate, wouldn't the next time we get this question the appropriate measure just be to mark your question as a duplicate? See where I am going with this? It would be an endless cycle of just marking older questions as duplicate as new ones are asked. Instead, here we historically have marked the ...


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You're right; the other question is focused on timing and this one focused on the "I don't have the whole system" angle. However, all of the answers to both of them are along the lines of: "Please check your basic assumptions about what a full frame camera system is and what it means to 'upgrade' to one." It doesn't seem super valuable for us to write ...


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If answers to the earlier question could be copied to the new one directly and would provide the answer, then definitely flag as a duplicate. I generally also flag as duplicate if a good answer to the old question should answer the new one, even if it doesn't. (Rationale: it's better to improve things in one place rather than scatter things around. ...


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Mike obviously has the general answer here, but in your case I'd almost be tempted to mark the older question as a duplicate of yours: in many ways, yours is a better question as it includes the image of the lens front and centre; that's much clearer for anyone else finding the question on the site than the slightly vague description on the earlier question.


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OK, answering my own question (with a lot of credit to muru): What almost certainly happened here is that the potential duplicate had an upvoted answer and at that point it was marked as a duplicate. Probably due to the extra eyes the question now got due to being marked as a duplicate, somebody downvoted the only answer with a positive score so it was no ...


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This is just my take, but I agree with null that these questions are NOT duplicates. They are substantially different, and it's not beyond conceivable thought that a newb may have already come to the mirrorless vs. dSLR decision and only want to know about dSLRs, too. So the dSLR-centric questions/answers are still relevant. The only questions that should ...


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In addition to the time-based limitations of the question — and all that, I really think is covered at How Do I "Refresh" a Question? and in QA is Hard, Let's Go Shopping (pay no attention to the flippant title; it's good, helpful stuff) — the fundamental problem with this question is that you're asking what "professionals" do, but that's not what ...


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I don't think that's specifically the case here, I think the users think that the response on the other question contains the answer. There is truth to that, but I think it's unlikely that a newcomer would find that question based on the answers alone and the action is off-putting to say the least. It's also entirely counter-intuitive, a remarkable logic ...


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Often, after the first vote, people don't even read the question at all. This is called robo-reviewing and is a common problem on many of the SE sites. It can be particularly bad when the initial close is from a respected user and the question is hard to follow and takes too much effort to figure out. Both of these are true in this case. The original ...


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That's the tool to use, the Flag -link. It will take the issue to mods' attention, and also to the review queue for higher rep users to vote on. Mods may act quickly on serious or otherwise very clear issues, but the normal case would be that review queue handles it. You can try clicking the Flag-link. It won't raise any flag immediately, but a window ...


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The flag link on the question should offer some selections around reasons to close, including as duplicate. These should appear in the queue for moderators and, if I recall correctly, in the queue for high rep users as well to agree or dispute (as well as vote appropriately). That option is there for those without sufficient rep to vote.


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