The process of identifying and closing questions that are exact duplicates of another question

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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a “canonical” question?

I want to bring this up here rather than mass-flagging a whole bunch of questions as duplicates (and also avoiding the issue of choosing one as the "base") This question from today is a new member of ...
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Asking for clarification on the benefits of redundancy or multiple questions and answers on one topic

I have discovered this site only recently, and coming from a non-mathematical or computer background, but with quite a bit of interest in statistics and scientific methodology, I've come to enjoy it ...
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Editing abbreviation in the title

Recently I wanted to mark a duplicate of a question about defining maximum likelihood, but was unable to find the "main" question since it used "MLE" in title rather then "maximum likelihood" (Maximum ...
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“Possible duplicate” label vs. “This question already has an answer here”

I noted that the old duplicates and the new duplicates have different formatting. The questions that are now getting closed as duplicate get a bluish plaque on top saying "This question already has ...
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I attempted to make a FAQ-style question; does it make sense?

There have been several discussions on meta about how to organize frequently asked questions, and one idea is that one can simply write and answer such a question, creating a thread that can later be ...
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Does it make a sense to create the reference questions for popular topics?

There are topics which keep coming back in different forms such as normality testing of random variables. I thought maybe it makes sense to create a question with the best possible formulation, then ...
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Duplicate linked to question with no answers

Today I found something strange, a question that is marked as a duplicate of another question that is closed as off-topic (while IMHO it was not off-topic, but that is a meta off-topic comment in ...
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What is our policy on merging duplicate questions?

Sometimes a duplicate question gets an answer before it gets closed as a duplicate. In some cases this answer is either better than the answer(s) in the "main" question, or at least adds something ...
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Inconsistency with closure and migration

There were two very similar posts on CV - this and the one it (almost) duplicates (at least, if you count the Q in comments, it's a duplicate). I marked the linked one as a duplicate and was in the ...
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Accepting an answer of another/duplicate question

My question turned out to be a duplicate. Yet, it gathered some good answers. However, one of the answers to the other, first, question suits me best. Can I accept it as best answer to my question?
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What should be our policy on duplicate answers?

I recently came across an answer that was copied & pasted in toto from another thread. I think the answer is high-quality--I had upvoted the previous iteration--but I am uncomfortable with this; ...
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Do duplicates count across SE sites?

If a question asked on CV is answered on another SE site, is that a duplicate question?
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Exact duplicate or not: Recent question on mathematics needed for ML

I think this question was closed incorrectly: How to get an introductory understanding of Machine Learning? This asked, "Is a strong background in maths a total requisite for ML? Should I try and fill ...
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Will we soon exhaust questions?

Of course I really don't think that there are so few good statistical questions left to exhaust all questions, I have noticed that I will answer a question and find someone else saying that the ...
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How to stem the tide of duplicate Qs

Please note that I searched on the keywords "duplicate" and "exact-duplicate" before posting this :-) It seems to be a point of pride for some that this site has hosted so many thousand Qs. But ...