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How did we treat duplicates about difficult skills?

This seems reasonably straight forward. To allow a closely-related ("duplicate") question, the author would have to clearly demonstrate where/how their situation is different from the original ...
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Calling it a duplicate AND Giving an answer

It's good to embrace duplication, that's how people type many things to ultimately land on the same question. We should never discourage contribution, so we (as in Stack Exchange) feel that it's a ...
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Are our food safety canonical questions being used well?

It's possible that there need to be more specific 'generic' questions, rather than shoving everything at the 'food left out' answer Dealing with frozen food that's been left out (what temperature was ...
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Are our food safety canonical questions being used well?

In many "left out too long" cases, the underlying question is "is the food concerned a perishable food to which the 2/4 hour rule applies?". I often see that such questions are instantly marked ...
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Are our food safety canonical questions being used well?

I agree with the approach we currently take as in the "left food out" example in the question. There are many different circumstances where food is left in the danger zone too long and I think the ...
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How did we treat duplicates about difficult skills?

After some more discussion has happened elsewhere, I'll document the results. The question of "Why did technique X not work when I tried it" is slightly different from the question "how do I do ...
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Close - Duplicate, when more recent question is more useful

I think you are quite right. Since nobody else has chimed in, I went ahead and closed it, placing the duplicates in the direction you suggested.
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Calling it a duplicate AND Giving an answer

I only vote to close if it really is an exact duplicate requiring the exact same answer, in which case I can't imagine answering it myself.
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Calling it a duplicate AND Giving an answer

I take no offense. ...but let me explain my thought process... I will say that if if a question is a clear duplicate, I would not answer. Rather, I would simply VTC, and have done so many times. In ...
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Calling it a duplicate AND Giving an answer

I can see a case for answering, then agreeing with a VTC (so casting a vote) because someone else found a duplicate. Your answer may raise points that aren't covered at the older question, which ...
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Do we want to answer evaporated/condensed milk substitutions individually or close as a duplicate?

I don't think that editing the old one is realistic. It's just too much of a change to get high-ranking answers to include what's in the new one. It's not just the sweetened vs unsweetened condensed ...
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Do questions have to be completely identical to be closed as duplicates?

We generally close B as a duplicate of A if conceptually, everything that B asks is also asked by A, i.e. (good) answers to A are guaranteed to completely and clearly answer B. That "completely and ...
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Should we merge these two microwave convection questions?

I prefer the content of the older question, which is more to the point and not about a specific model of oven. And I prefer the title of the newer question which subsumes that of the older. If the ...
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