This is the text that appears underneath a question when you flag it as a duplicate. I don't think it is helpful to the OP, especially if they are new.

The point is NOT that you think there is a good answer to their question in the referred to question, it is that it is a duplicated question.

In my view the text that appears should say something like "This question appears to have been asked before and has attracted one or more answers."

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    $\begingroup$ The current text is a bit rude and more than a bit blunt, especially as seen from the eyes of a newbie. A stated goal of the entire SO/SE network is to be more welcoming than in the past. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 2 at 3:26
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    $\begingroup$ The language of the text has only recently been changed to Does this answer your question..., it used to say Possible duplicate... which, I think, was more polite. $\endgroup$
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Feb 2 at 16:49
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    $\begingroup$ Actually, years ago I thought the message was something like "This question has been asked before...." Anyway, does "text that appears underneath a question" = comment? The comment is autogenerated, but in a way that shows it being posted by a user - I think the first user to propose the duplicate. That user is then able to edit the comment for five minutes and customize it to something more appropriate for the given situation, or at any time that user can just delete it. I'm all in for a better message, but I think it needs to be a change across the entire network? $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Feb 4 at 1:30


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