Something is clearly not working when several times per year, there are seemingly different questions are asked and marked as duplicates, because the answers are identical. Or in other words, the fact that I am the umpteenth person to ask some version of this question because I was unable to find the answer in 10-15 minutes of searching the internet and B&CG suggests that something is broken.
This is a failure of search or perhaps a failure of the stack overflow Q&A system for this sort of question.
Here is the question I asked that triggered this:
Here are a couple questions that well answer the question I initially had:
This is just a sampling of what is available. There seem to be at least 15 versions of the question. Some of the questions are great with mediocre answers. Some of the questions are too narrow or less-than-optimal for other reasons yet had great answers. Some question/answer pairs were excellent but I could not have possibly found them because the questions were so different from what I asked.
I searched for 10 minutes on the internet then another 5 minutes on B&CG before asking the question, because I had not yet found an answer. The difficulty is that there is a single answer that is the same to many seemingly very different questions. For example, entering the battle field seems quite different than damage resolution - yet either of them can cause multiple cards to trigger which lead to the same answer.
I understand the answer now but the questions that had good answers were quite different from my initial question - none of them had to do with multiple cards triggering due to damage assignment.
I'm wondering how messes like this can be resolved to make it easier for people to find the answer to their question, when many very different versions of the question lead to the same answer?
It seems to me that one possible way to handle this is to somehow exploit an understanding of how stack overflow's search engine tends to work, so as to perhaps stack a bunch of different versions of the question and appropriate keywords into one, canonical version of the question and answer.