I've been seeing a lot of questions marked as duplicated. Now, I understand there's a rationale about questions being asked again and again.
But there are many cases where one of the following things happen:
- Questions marked as duplicated even though the original has no accepted answer
- Questions marked as duplicated even though the original is extremely old and outdated
- Questions marked as duplicated even though the original has a very debatable answer (when not completely wrong).
About the last point: in many cases, when someone doesn't know something, it means s/he doesn't know something. Litwrally. So how will s/he know the answer is correct? (unless it's a well documented answer). So, "accepted answer" shouldn't be a really important metric. As a matter of fact there was an accepted answer that literally says this:
Secondly - Accepted answers don't really mean much more than "the person who asked the question says this solved their problem", it doesn't necessarily mean that answer is the correct one. An answer with 50 votes vs an accepted answer with 3 votes should tell you that the 50 vote one is more likely to be of use.
Is there a way to clean up things a bit? For example, if any of the above applies, or if the original is 5+ years old it shouldn't be marked as duplicated. Furthermore, the original should be revised to see if it's OK or if it should be deleted