There are many questions that are more or less equal to ones asked before. Those often can be solved by the answers given on the alike questions. I'm wondering what is the right way to handle that.
a) Should I mark them as duplicate?
I'm thinking that's a little bit discouraging. Especially because some of the new questions are better asked than the possible duplicates. Besides that they often aren't 100% duplicates.
b) How should I answer those?
Assuming permissive handling, thus not marking them as duplicates.
- Should I answer by just pointing to another question?
- Which in my mind isn't really different from making them duplicates.
- And I personally don't like it because than the answer isn't instantly viewable on the question asked.
- Or should I answer by possibly reposting, reusing code which has been used for an answer before?
- Which possibly leads to identical or at least very similar answers and code on various questions.
Basically I'm not absolutely certain what the best way is, but maybe you can help me to get some clarification.