One of the perennial questions we get is about mold on (self-fermented) vinegar.
Just two months ago, we got a meta question listing four questions on that topic, with the meta OP having the clear intention to post a fifth one. I wrote an answer with my definition of how we should decide on what is a duplicate. Now we got yet another question of this type, where the OP knows of the existence of the older questions and linked to them in the question body.
The OPs argue that their questions should not be considered duplicates, as this might be a different mold species than the one described in the older questions.
So, I hope that we clear this up as a community. Do we consider these questions duplicates of each other, or do we see them as separate questions?
Some points I would consider pertinent to the decision are:
- Is it possible to make good distinction between different kinds of mold?
- does our medium allow the OP to provide enough information for us to make this distinction? That is, are a picture and some verbal description of smell and maybe visual changes sufficient?
- would the answers differ dependent on the kind of mold, or do experienced vinegar fermenters treat all the mold the same way?
Alternative suggestions to "always close" and "always leave open" are also welcome. For example, if we think that the questions could be covered well in a single well-written answer, but the existing answers are too unfortunately fragmented, we could write a new canonical question with an answer, and start closing as duplicates of that one. Or maybe you have some other idea how to best serve the people who have this problem?