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I tried flagging an answer as a duplicate of another answer and got this error:

When flagging a duplicate, please specify the duplicate question (id or link)

I experimented with a few different flag messages:

  • "Duplicate of {short question link}" -- error message
  • "Duplicate of {short answer link}" -- error message
  • "Duplicate of {long question link}" -- works
  • "Duplicate of {long answer link}" -- works
  • "Duplicate of {short question link} (foobar)" -- works
  • "Duplicate." -- works

This error seems like it was designed specifically to catch the last case, but it lets it through, and it rejects messages with short-form links (http://meta.stackexchange.com/q/118863/145982 instead of http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/118863/odd-behavior-of-error-message-when-flagging-as-a-duplicate)... unless they contain more text after the link

(The message also says "duplicate question", even when flagging an answer)

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What text did you include after the short link to make it work? –  Gabe Jan 12 '12 at 19:47
    
@Gabe "(foobar)" and "(test)" both worked for me; I assume anything does –  Michael Mrozek Jan 12 '12 at 19:50
    
that is very strange... –  Gabe Jan 12 '12 at 20:03
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