I've noticed that on many occasions, Slashdot story submissions
are dupes of previous ones. Since this is due to the overwhelming
amount of stories that editors have to deal with, it may be a good
idea to allow the readers to notify the editors of a dupe, kind of like a
moderation system. Perhaps allowing people awarded mod points or
subscribers (since they see it ahead of time before comments are
allowed) to notify the editors of this would be useful.
The story could then be removed from the website entirely, or it
could just be removed from display on the main page or sections, so
that people still submitting comments on that page may continue
their discussions. With the latter, it could still be accessible through
searches and bookmarking so any discussions can be preserved.
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