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Lack of fuel pressure is a prime cause for hot-start problems.

To date, I've repeated this message in 5 different answers.

I'm not sure a canonical answer would work here since every vehicle will have its own unique circumstances. But at the same time I find this recycling of the same information far from streamlined.

What should be done here? A few ideas:

  1. Create a canonical Q&A for hot-start problems

    I'm reluctant to do this because I don't want people to think that insufficient fuel pressure is the only possible root cause.

  2. Let the status quo be

    But I feel that this is against the spirit of Stack Exchange.

  3. Link to an existing answer

    This is what I'm sort of doing right now.

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My opinion is that where we can use exactly the same answer for a number of questions we have two options:

  • we close as duplicate. This is what we currently do. It works, and fits in with the SE framework, but can end up a wee bit messy if there are lots of questions, or if they don't quite fit.
  • create a canonical answer (or update the dupe target) in order to fit all (or most) instances of that question type.

I'd suggest the second option is appropriate where we see a high number of questions with the same general answer. This has worked well on other sites (eg this question on rolling your own crypto on Security Stack Exchange)

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  • I guess what I (or someone else) could do is post a generic Q&A like "What is a hot-start problem and what could cause it?" and treat this as the quasi-canonical and link it in vehicle-specific answers. That way if additional vehicle-specific information is to be addressed, it can be done in the answer to the vehicle-specific question. – Zaid Mar 23 '17 at 11:20
  • @Zaid I feel like this sorta opens up a new question. it would be nice if that one meta mechanics.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1460/22368 could be broken out into a bunch of mod approved, super generic questions so that we had a starting point for all the "I have common problem X." Akin to a sticky'd thread on a differently formatted forum – Zshoulders Mar 27 '17 at 17:54

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