We currently have a question gathering close votes as a duplicate. Short story about a young boy living in South Africa during Apartheid

The close reason specifically says 'This question has been asked before', but in this instance it hasn't, it's been asked since @Luke's question.

Is there scope to make the wording of the 'Duplicate' close reason inclusive of such a scenario? And if there is scope, is it something we should do?

Perhaps just, 'The same question already has an answer'?

  • It is a fairly common and accepted practice across the network to close an older question as duplicate of a newer one. It applies if the newer question contains more detail or clarity and therefore is seen by the community as more deserving of staying open.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 13:35

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The wording while closing is a bit weird for cases like this, yes.

However, the public-facing reason when it's actually closed is worded differently:

This question already has answers here

I don't know if it's possible to change the wording in the close dialog, but I don't think so - that's the standard wording across the network. That wording isn't what's shown to users after closure, though.


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