Two well written, well received questions each with several well written, well received answers. Each now has one close vote as a duplicate of the other.

The 2019 posts probably have more absolute votes because of higher readership in 2019 than in 2013.

Can anyone see enough difference between the two so that they should both remain open? Is this a good candidate for merging to keep all good answers on an equal footing, or should one be closed?

If the latter, then is there a way to decide which should be closed as duplicate of the other? I think that the order in which they appear to close-voters will determine this and that's not necessarily the best method.

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    $\begingroup$ There's actually a third: space.stackexchange.com/q/834/58. And we ruled to leave them both open last time this came up (I voted for close one as a duplicate). It does seem we need to do something about this now that we have three duplicates. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 31 '19 at 13:31
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    $\begingroup$ They're all helpful, but we need to remember that duplicates and their answers stick around. So I think we need to bite the bullet and pick one to be the primary and close the other two as duplicates of the primary. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 31 '19 at 13:34
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    $\begingroup$ The best way is to pick the clearest worded question as the primary. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 31 '19 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ All right, they're both hovering at four close votes now. I should probably take action if we don't want one accidentally being the primary. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 31 '19 at 17:11
  • $\begingroup$ I think I'm going to go with the newer one since it also includes this question: "What would we find if we go straight upwards and downwards?" $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 31 '19 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ I think so too! Yes that is my favorite $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jul 31 '19 at 17:12
  • $\begingroup$ Someone beat me to it $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 31 '19 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ I still don't quite understand why this is the best, the open question no longer points to the closed question(s) and all of those answers. Is there any kind of "there are more answers to this question at these other closed questions" message? $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jul 31 '19 at 17:16
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    $\begingroup$ They show up in the linked questions. I decided against closing the third one because it has a slightly different scope, but I'll add it to the linked questions. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 31 '19 at 17:17
  • $\begingroup$ ya okay I see, the linked questions, got it. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jul 31 '19 at 17:18
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage another similar situation? 1 vs 2 $\endgroup$ – uhoh Aug 2 '19 at 3:47
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    $\begingroup$ I agree with the duplicate voters there. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Aug 2 '19 at 13:43

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