This may come off as a rant - and I guess maybe it is one (at least a little bit), but here goes...

Why do users re-answer questions which are clearly and obviously duplicates instead of flagging them as duplicates?
I can easily understand a new user not knowing that minor variations on what boils down to the same question get asked repeatedly, but we quite often have long-standing experienced users churning out the same answers to the same questions over and over.

For example, a recent question: How to revitalize wood screw hole where screw won't stay tight?
with a selection of duplicates:

How do we encourage those among us who really should know and recognize a duplicate question when they see it so use the duplicate system which is in place?
Is it too difficult to find the duplicate(s)?
What else hinders us from using the duplicate system?

This behavior is certainly not unique to DIY - I often see it on Electronics too.

  • Yes, as per the answer, I found it much quicker to write my own answer than trying to search for a duplicate - one of which is from 2011...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Aug 11, 2021 at 12:36
  • I'm also in 100% agreement - we're not nearly as <s>vicious</s> conscientious about marking dupes as some sites are. (I'm looking at you, SO.)
    – FreeMan
    Commented Aug 23, 2021 at 15:32

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Partial answer, from my own experience ...

Is it too difficult to find the duplicate(s)?

Yes. SE's question/answer search feature feels extremely primitive and it's difficult to find similar related questions and answers on a particular topic.
Putting the same search terms into google and limiting the search to SE sites is more likely to give me useful results than SE's own search.
For an answer which maybe only takes a paragraph or so it's probably quicker and easier to just re-write the same answer I or someone else wrote a couple of weeks or months back than it would be to wrestle SE's search into submission and show me the duplicates I know exist somewhere...

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    I agree - I haven't been here forever, but I've seen a fair few questions go by... I went looking for a question that I know was asked within the last 12 months or so and just couldn't find it. I may end up asking a question that I believe would be a dupe, simply because I can't find the original.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Aug 23, 2021 at 15:31

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