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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

No, a hard-science question cannot validly be a duplicate of a non-hard-science question. The existence of the hard-science tag on a question places specific requirements on answers. Answers that do ...
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Why is this hard-science question marked as a duplicate of a non hard-science question?

I see that one of the voter for closure is Community. This means that the OP got the prompt that a possible answer could be provided by the other question and indicated that the indicated question ...
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Is it a duplicate if answers aren't satisfactory?

If you are just looking for random more ideas you are in the wrong place. The idea is to have answers that are better according to the criteria defined by the OP, not to have brainstorming sessions. ...
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

I agree with Michael's answer that a hard-science question has stricter requirements and thus shouldn't be marked as a duplicate (if it's really a hard-science question and not a tagging error). ...
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Move good answers on a duplicate to the original question

If every answer on the duplicate is also a valid answer on the original, then it makes sense to move them. Sometimes the duplicate is more specific than the original, and answers on that duplicate ...
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Should we close a question as a duplicate of another question that has no answer?

This is not possible for a normal user You can't. The dialog would tell you that you can't mark the question as a duplicate if the other one doesn't have an answer. Go on the unanswered tab and select ...
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Copying the questions (or claims) from this site to science SE sites?

Yes. Caveat: Provided that we formulate the specialist SE site questions well, to be GOOD on topic questions AND judiciously synthecize good World-building answers instead of mere copy/pasting the ...
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Should a good question be mark a duplicate to another question that is closed?

I'm one of the commentors on your question and I'll take the time to expand on my comment. I'm bothered that your question was closed as a duplicate of another question that was itself closed as ...
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

I see the tags as a matter distinct from the question(s) asked in the title & body of the Query. The cited questions share two tags in common: Kessler Syndrome & science-based; don't share ...
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Should a good question be mark a duplicate to another question that is closed?

While the questions clearly are not duplicates with any close reading (the first asks specifically about viewing reflections off of other planets as opposed to the use of a mirror) there is an ...
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Is it a duplicate if answers aren't satisfactory?

WB:SE is not a discussion forum The natural creativity of Worldbuilding.SE and the very ambiguity you are discussion are at natural odds with the intent of Stack Exchange and its original site, Stack ...
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

Given the actual closure behaviour I've seen "question X is a duplicate of question Y if, and only if, any valid answer to question Y is an equally valid answer to question X." doesn't seem to ...
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Two different cases involving a similar premise, should they be merged?

I remember the confusion with the 40mph runners, where we weren't sure whether it was an evolved trait or a suddenly given one as the responses would be completely different in each case. One ...
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Magical transmutation - duplicate or not?

I issued the close vote. I felt that anyone looking for hard-magic ways of transmuting elements will necessarily need to deal with the general conservation of energy as the most crucial part of that ...
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Copying the questions (or claims) from this site to science SE sites?

If a question is actually reworked such that an answer to one variant is not an answer to another variant (for whatever reason), then by definition it is not a duplicate, on-site or cross-site. (They ...
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Should we close a question as a duplicate of another question that has no answer?

As soon as one of them has valid, upvoted answer, we should close other one There is no requirement that new one should be closed. Duplicates should be, and if new one is better, and attracts answers ...
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How to deal with a duplicate of a question from another Stack Exchange site?

Whether a question exists elsewhere -- another Stack Exchange site, Quora, an academic site, etc -- should not affect whether the question is welcome on our site. We should judge each question on its ...
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Is it a duplicate if answers aren't satisfactory?

How does one ask a hypothetical/theoretical question, which was asked before, without being marked as a duplicate? You are not supposed to be able to. Stack Exchange is about building a knowledge ...
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Found two Horned Humanoid Questions

Considerations: Q2016 specifies horns. Q2018 specifies a broader range of protuberances including antlers and perhaps teeth (tusks) as well. That is a point of differentiation, but it is one of detail ...
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Is it a duplicate if answers aren't satisfactory?

(...) hypothetical, or theoretical. There is no absolute answer (...) If the knowledge needed to answe a question is covered by a theory, then it will most probably have one absolute answer. This is ...
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