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"When I started here, the site was about a year old, and the old-timers could largely rely on memory in spotting duplicates (exact or abstract), and move swiftly. I managed to build a similar personal smallish database, and join in the battle. I would often remember who had given a good answer to an essentially duplicate question, search his/her history of answers, and act."
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A: How aggressively should we tag a question as duplicate?

Jyrki LahtonenStandard disclaimer: This really is a comment, but it's too long, so... My gut feeling is that the efficiency of catching duplicates has been going down. When I started here, the site was about a year old, and the old-timers could largely rely on memory in spotting duplicates (exact or abstract)...

I wonder whether what @Jyrki meant by database in the above quote. From the context of the quote is seems that you might have meant by personal database simply questions you remembered, so it was in fact database in your own memory. But maybe you have started also collect link to questions in your computer?
Just being curious. Personally I have collected some lists of links for some questions which tend to repeat. Some of them I just wrote down with the hope that I can get back to them later and try to look which of them can serve best as the duplicate target. On some of them I have already voted.
When recently Jyrki wrote on meta "Am I the only one concerned about duplicates?" I made a resolution to be more active in looking for duplicates. But I failed to fulfill that resolution.
 

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