Currently, when voting to close a question as a duplicate of another question, the system automatically posts a comment in the following format:

Does this answer your question? [link]

However, this wording is somewhat out-of-sync at times. I have just now voted to close a duplicate question because the OP posted an essentially identical question; however, neither of the questions had answers.

In case anyone has suggestions for a better phrase, throw them out there.


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This is a bit of an edge-case – unless you're a mod, you can only close a question as a duplicate of a question with no upvoted or accepted answers if both questions were posted by the same author (as noted in this FAQ on MSE). Otherwise, regular users can't close a question as a duplicate of an unanswered one in the first place.

As I mentioned in the comments, there have been some similar posts on MSE asking for a change to the wording of this comment. In particular, this one was marked as , with this explanation by Yaakov that the wording of the automated comment is, by and large, accomplishing its intended goal. This particular edge-case doesn't seem to justify making a change to this wording.


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