People should learn how to use the search feature to find duplicate topics instead of asking someone else to do it for them. It shows they have a good understanding of how to use devforum features. PA members already have a large workflow and aren’t obligated to respond to these DMs.
Sometimes people can’t find existing topics easily because of bad search optimisation in the past before there were strict guidelines (obscure titles, etc). You won’t get a strike for accidentally posting a duplicate topic once off unless it’s an on-going issue or clear you aren’t using the search feature.
Quote from the OP:
“Do I risk getting a warning if this happens? Or will I just get feedback?”
What do they mean? What is the difference between “warning” and “feedback” if Feedback is actually a warning?
Like what I mentioned literally in the first reply, feedback is for less extreme moderation and warnings for more extreme cases. Did you read my reply?
Warning = Strike
Feedback = No Strike
Upon breaking some of the behavioral-related rules listed below, you will be sent a warning message by a member of the Developer Engagement Team.
Upon continuing to break rules of the Developer Forum after receiving your first strike, you will receive Strike Two, which comes with another warning message and a 5-day suspension from the Developer Forum.
Notice the word “warning.”
Now read this table:
Anything that is moderation but not a strike is called feedback.
This is also off-topic, let’s move this to the dm’s if you want to continue.