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  • Plugin Author Stephen Cronin

    (@stephencronin)

    Hi Auvajs,

    Yes, that’s right, it uses the title as the basis for finding duplicates. This seems to be what most people need (including me, when I wrote the plugin).

    Do you have a use case where the body post content is the same, but the titles are different? I’d love to hear more about that use case, so I can consider adding a post content match in future. That is actually on the list for possible future inclusion, but not at a high priority as I haven’t heard a really good use case for that. If you can provide more information, that would be very helpful.

    Thanks!

    Cheers,
    Stephen

    Hi Stephan,

    in my case I had many personal blogs (20+) on Blogger, I imported all of them into WP and merged them into one “common” blog yesterday. During the process I imported one or two blogs twice by accident so I had some duplicates. I found your plugin and hoped it would find those dupes – actually it found about 100 dupes – but as I soon found out, what it classified as dupes were posts with totally different content but with the same name! (The titles of several of my posts were numbers (like “#1”, “2” etc) – I had those on several blogs. I also had more than 50 posts without a name – all of them were classified as dupes too (!) To sum it up, checking titles only doesn’t help finding dupes, in my opinion. Your plugin doesn’t really find dupes – at least it didn’t in my case. I had to find them manually which took me at least an hour.

    Greets,

    A.

    Plugin Author Stephen Cronin

    (@stephencronin)

    Hi Auvajs,

    Thanks for the explanation! I see what you mean. Maybe I can work something into the plugin to help with this in future, although it obviously won’t help you this time around.

    I do have a possible future inclusion of an option to compare the post length when finding duplicates, so I may look at that again more closely. Or of course I could actually compare that the post body is the same. Whatever I do, I need to be careful it doesn’t slow down the query to find the duplicates too much (it needs to works with large databases etc). Anyway, I’ll see what I can come up with.

    Once again, thanks for the explanation, it’s much appreciated and will help improve the plugin, even if it doesn’t help you in this case. Thanks!

    Cheers,
    Stephen

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