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Closed as duplicate by Mithical‭ on Dec 10, 2020 at 18:08

This question has been addressed elsewhere. See: Need wording fix in dup close banner

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I received a flag for https://meta.codidact.com/questions/279799 that it was a duplicate of https://meta.codidact.com/questions/279637

That is indeed a duplicate and I closed it. However, the text reason with Duplicate is:

This question has been answered before.

which is not strictly speaking true here. This question has been asked before but has not received an answer. It has comments, tag status-planned, etc. So it is being worked on, but no "answer".

Suggest text change to something like:

This question has been asked before.

either in place of the existing text or, if there is concern about different questions that happen to have answers which satisfy this new question then make two separate "duplicate" close reasons. (Which of course makes a duplicate of duplicate...)

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In this GitHub issue I proposed "This question has been addressed at (link)". I think that covers all the cases -- answered before, asked before without answers, superseded (dupe of a newer question, where "before" is wrong). Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

Actual close duplicate target should be: https://meta.codidact.com/questions/277447 as the referenced target was closed as a duplicate of that one! manassehkatz‭ about 1 month ago

@MonicaCellio Since we're analyzing, doesn't "has been" imply that one event occurred before the other? "This question is addressed at (link)" would probably be more neutral in that respect. (Come to think of it, can post types other than questions currently be closed as duplicates? Articles, for example?) Canina‭ about 1 month ago

Good point @Canina. I'll amend the suggestion on GH. As for articles, good question -- while the "no more answers" aspect of closing doesn't apply, can there be duplicate articles and should they be linked together through the system if so? Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

An example of "articles" (in the sense of "Posts that have main (like question) item but no responses (like answers)" where Duplicate could apply is the Code Golf Sandbox. manassehkatz‭ about 1 month ago

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In this particular case, I would be inclined to disagree: the question has been answered before. It's just that the answer is actually given in a comment and a tag, not an answer post.

"Can we get Feature X?" where one of the people who do a lot of the work on the code responds with "This has been on my list for a while, but I haven't had the time to give it some thought so far." and puts the "status-planned" tag on the question is, IMO, pretty decisively answered: that feature doesn't exist now, but we do plan to implement it.

Maybe just change the close reason text from this question has been answered before to this question has been addressed before?

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"addressed" works. "answered" has a very specific meaning in a question & answer site! manassehkatz‭ about 1 month ago

Maybe even "is addressed elsewhere" instead of "has been addressed before", in line with Monica's comment on the question and removing the temporal relation implied in "has been". (I can't seem to edit my answer for some reason; trying to do that results in an internal server error.) Canina‭ about 1 month ago

Addressed is not the right word. It implies the question has been "dealt with", "worked on", "dispatched", or in some way resolved or attempted to be resolved. It means something has been done in response to the question. This is misleading when the question received no answers. All we can really say is that the question has been asked before. Olin Lathrop‭ about 1 month ago

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