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Currently, moderators have to type in or copy/paste the ID of the original question when merging a duplicate. Pre-populating this field would only remove a tiny amount of friction, but it would also prevent the occasional mistaken merge. The field should only be pre-populated when a moderator clicks the merge link on a question that is already closed as an exact duplicate of one other question.

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Doesn't it present an error and not do anything if you enter a question ID that wasn't an exact duplicate anyway? It says something like target is not linked as duplicate of source. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 29 '13 at 14:49
    
Does it? I'll see if I can find something to test on. –  Bill the Lizard Jan 29 '13 at 14:58
    
If it doesn't, it used to, and it was the most annoying crap ever –  Ben Brocka Jan 29 '13 at 15:05
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn I successfully merged another question to stackoverflow.com/q/14520406/1288 when both were closed as duplicates of another question. –  Bill the Lizard Jan 29 '13 at 15:05
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn maybe you only get that error message when you try to merge a question that isn't closed at all? –  Bill the Lizard Jan 29 '13 at 15:07
    
I think so. I was mistaken, then. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 29 '13 at 15:08

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