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I saw something weird today.

When I started typing a question on Stack Overflow I got an autocomplete pop up suggesting questions I have already asked!

I think this is bad, as those questions are already on the site and if submitted, it would be a duplicate.

It is also unnecessary, so I think it should be removed.

For me it's in Internet Explorer 9, but comments show this is the same in other browsers. Here is a screenshot:


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I think browser-provided autocomplete is generally unnecessary, and it's one of the first things I disable when I use a browser for the first time. – Andrew Barber Jan 31 '12 at 22:29
Related: Is there a W3C valid way to disable autocomplete in a HTML form? As an aside: my Chrome does not limit the history to titles I asked myself, but also shows those I edited. – Arjan Jan 31 '12 at 22:50

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The site does suggest answers with the same or similar titles:

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But, what you are seeing is your browser's auto-complete kicking in.

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This is probably caused by your browser's autocomplete feature, not by Stack Overflow. In other words, it's a client-side problem rather than a server-side problem. Disable form autocompletion in your browser if you don't want it.

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I believe it is chrome - it has that draggable corner. – Lix Jan 31 '12 at 22:39
Yup, I have the same thing in Chrome on my Mac. – daviesgeek Jan 31 '12 at 22:41
@Lix Note, however, that the OP said "When I started typing a question on Stack Overflow on IE9"... – Chris Frederick Jan 31 '12 at 22:43
slap on the wrist - "read the question carefully" - note taken. – Lix Jan 31 '12 at 22:46
absolution! hehe... – Lix Jan 31 '12 at 22:59

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