It is possible or okay to flag a question as a duplicate if it was asked earlier, and the one asked later already has an accepted answer but the context is very similar:

Consider this question:

How do I connect Internet from a laptop using USB modem to a Galaxy S3, or directly USB modem(data card) to S3 for internet connection? (2012)


Share Wifi over USB (2016) (with accepted answer)


Yes, it is.

Especially with the examples quoted, all the more so. Older question is not clear and OP didn't revise to make it clear. Only answer to that is based on a supposition of OP's intent. Newer question is clear in intent and has a detailed answer (with a bounty awarded )

Marking the older question duplicate of the newer one would benefit those who land up at older question.

Timeline doesn't matter - what matters is that a clear question with upvoted / accepted answer remains with other question being marked duplicate. If both of them have good answers and questions are similar in content, it should be flagged for merging ( This is my understanding from moderators in chats)

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    Spot on. We want the best question/answer to become the primary. Mar 27 '17 at 18:23
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    And while mergers are rare, they happen from time to time. I vaguely remember @MatthewRead did one a couple of years ago #D
    – Izzy Mod
    Mar 27 '17 at 19:55

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