It turns out that this question

What is tail recursion?

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It is not possible to vote for closing as exact duplicate, since this requires a SE.cs question ID.

How can I proceed in this case. Should I vote for delete-off topic?


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About this specific question

If the question was just “what is tail recursion”, I'd point to Wikipedia. This question is more specific, it's asking about a particular context. I think it deserves an answer tailored to that context.


The answer on Stackoverflow is very concrete. I think our site should provide a more abstract/general treatment. Linking back and forth is a good idea in any case.


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