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How can I search to see if the question I am about to ask has not yet been asked?

My greatest fear is to post a duplicate question here First of all, I would like to dispel you fear. Asking a duplicate is nothing to be ashamed of, nor something others will blame you for. It can ...
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What to do when the question that is a "duplicate" does not contain the needed answer

When you get enough rep (I think 1500 but I'm not sure) you can certainly nominate it for reopening. But I doubt you'll get much help (four other people have to agree to reopen) because I do think ...
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How can I search to see if the question I am about to ask has not yet been asked?

In addition to what Federico mentioned, yes, you can use Google. In fact, at least from my experience, I'd say Google is generally better at searching SE than SE's search feature is. SE tends to rank ...
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Duplicates: Should we close the new question if it's better than the old one?

Maybe we shouldn't, but who or what decides what is better? I share your judgement regarding the answers, but they need to be found. The wording of the old question is quite specific and to the ...
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Why is this A321 spoilers question closed as a duplicate?

I see the logic for closing it as "duplicate". The other question asking "Why X?" implies that X is possible and happens. And this is not challenged in the answer, confirming the ...
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Is the question "An airplane has an engine that pushes its flight. What force pushes a glider to fly?" really a duplicate of the noted question?

I voted to close the question as a duplicate and I still think it is one. I think you are fixating on a minor nuance in how the question is worded. Both questions ultimately ask about the forces ...
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Duplicate? Let's be real please

I've been in a similar situation on one of the more, erm... hair-splitting (to be polite) Stack Exchanges so I understand your frustration. However my history also made me understand some of the ...
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Should the 'E195 gliding' question be closed or left open?

I think it should be left open and only aircraft specific answer should be accepted. When review is done, I don't understand why discuss it. Here, review says: it should stay open (and my comment ...
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Why is this A321 spoilers question closed as a duplicate?

This answer is not about this specific question or even the original one, but rather about the op's assertion that the duplicate closure reason only applies to questions, and if one question is not a (...
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Why is this A321 spoilers question closed as a duplicate?

"Why X?" implies "Do X?" to some extent. Two such questions are often duplicates. But perhaps not always. Suppose the questions were asked in the reverse order. The best answer to &...
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Is the question "An airplane has an engine that pushes its flight. What force pushes a glider to fly?" really a duplicate of the noted question?

I would suggest that, as a rule, different degrees of competence in formulating a question do not make for different questions. For a litmus test, if the best possible canonical answer to two ...
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Should this question about cockpit painting colors be reopened as not a duplicate?

They may be worded very slightly differently, but the answer(s) given on the older question quite demonstrably answers the more recent as best we're able. ie, if you're asking about the motivation ...
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Why can't I close this question as a duplicate?

I can't read! The error message says This question does not have an upvoted or accepted answer and I misread that as This question does not have an upvote or an accepted answer The question linked ...
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Duplicates: Should we close the new question if it's better than the old one?

I've reviewed some sites that deal with this issue on a regular basis, although with wildly different kinds of content. In there, new content that duplicates old content can either be killed as a dupe,...
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