Do we ever create "intentional duplicates" for questions that have not been explicitly asked, but which have answers in other, related questions?

Case in point

There are several posts in which polychords are explained; however, there is no "What is a polychord?" question. A user searching for "what is a polychord" and reading through the search results will eventually find an answer, but it seems (potentially) more efficient to have a direct question, if only to point -- by way of being closed as a duplicate -- to a post with a good answer.

What are the SE philosophy and MP&T community opinion in this regard?

Maybe a simple answer in this case is to create a tag?

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Creating a canonical question for "What is a polychord?" would make the most sense. A tag may make sense in the long run, but if the goal is to answer and link an underlying question rather than create a needed category of questions, I'd shy away from the tag.

  • So does it make sense to create the question, but then immediately vote to close it as a duplicate of one of the others that has a good answer? Or is it better to include a "canonical" answer and then just link to the other questions?
    – Aaron
    Nov 21, 2020 at 23:40
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    @Aaron It would make more sense to have a very good and in depth canonical question and answer. We'll worry about the duplicates after we have that.
    – Dom Mod
    Nov 22, 2020 at 0:18

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