I was just playing with our site's example newsletter and found it contained a link to a merged (and therefore 'closed') question under the "Can you answer these?" title. It doesn't make sense for this type of question to show there.

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The question was merged almost 24 hours ago so I don't think this is a caching issue.

Could someone please check?

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if the question is not closed, this means new answers can arrive. That's.. not good.. for a merged question. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 10 '11 at 9:04
    
@JeffAtwood I now understand the behaviour, but why aren't merged questions automatically closed as exact dupes? It's confusing... –  Alex Angas Aug 11 '11 at 0:55
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Merging locks them, so they can't actually get new answers, but other parts of the system check close state, so it really should auto-close upon merge –  Michael Mrozek Aug 12 '11 at 21:37
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

We will only allow merge to happen if one of the questions being merged is currently closed.

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Is there a technical reason why merging can't just close as a duplicate first? –  Michael Mrozek Aug 12 '11 at 23:43
    
@GeoffDalgas I don't understand this line of reasoning - merging just become more painful with this - refer meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/102444/… for my problem –  Sathya Aug 15 '11 at 15:04
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