The question Why is my car tramlining(pulling/veering when I hit road imperfections)? has been voted to be closed because there is an older question How do I prevent bushing wear and what parts besides the suspension uses bushings?.

Note the following statement provided for voting to close questions as duplicates:

duplicate: This question has been asked before and already has an answer.

The older question in this case does not have an answer. I have seen this before on MV&M, so I would like to draw attention to:

...already has an answer.

It seems like the appropriate way to handle the scenario would be to mark the older question as a duplicate since the newer question has answers.

Or am I missing something?

  • The two question you have linked to are not duplicates (IMHO) Mar 23, 2015 at 15:48
  • @Movemorecommentslinktotop I agree, but this isn't the first time I have seen this, which is why I didn't address that part of this specific example in my question.
    – Paul
    Mar 23, 2015 at 15:50

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Close voting is actually prevented if the "master" question is unanswered.* The exception is when the posts are by the same author, as these are. Otherwise, the close vote dialog would not have allowed the vote to be cast:

Close vote dialog with disabled "Vote to Close" button and warning message "This question does not have an upvoted or accepted answer"

The exception is a small check against double-posting: someone asking a question, then asking the same thing again an hour or a day later. (This guard is much more necessary on larger sites than on a growing beta like this one, but it applies across SE regardless.)

I assume that the close voter believed that this was essentially a double-post: a new/revised question on the same issue. I won't argue that belief one way or the other, but close voting is the correct choice if you believe that. The author should edit the original rather than reposting.

I will also point out that the newer question was answered nearly two days after the close vote was cast.

*Where "unanswered" is actually defined as "no answer that's upvoted or accepted".

  • Thanks for that explanation, although it seems peculiar that I've seen this before on this site.
    – Paul
    Mar 26, 2015 at 0:52

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