Recently I left an answer about the tip of the tongue phenomenon (TOT), and it turns out that this kind of question has been asked at least in 1, 2, 3 and 4 other questions. Should I copy-paste my answer in those places too? They all have accepted answers referring to the TOT, but they are short and not as descriptive as mine.
I agree that exact copies should be closed as dupes, but depending on the nature of the questions and the answer itself, I think there is a case that the answer (or at least a large portion of it) can still be perceived as targeted to each question from someone who doesn't know its history. The rule "don't copy answer" is to make sure the answer is tuned for the question it tries to answer, which is already be the case in here. I'm unable to see how in this specific case, having to write another answer (which can be seen as a duplicate to the old one) is beneficial to anyone.
For example, these pairs of questions:
- Why do our memories suddenly disappear when provoked?
- What is the term for the feeling that whatever word one tries to say it seems to be wrong (for them) or confusing (for the listeners)?
- How are musical hooks defined/studied in psychology?
- Are there any studies that examine the phenomenon of songs stuck in the head?
can share a copied answer. If one question can accept answers A, B, C, and the other one can accept answers C, D, E, then C can be shared between them. But in this pair:
- Do people have a tendency to stick to one opinion after they formed it?
- Term for the tendency to associate with like-minded people?
C must be tuned for each.