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Whether or not one agrees with the new closing guidelines, there is one startling nuance about the UI that is causing some interesting behavior: because the banners aren't a part of the actual post, newbies think that moderators or other users tack them up there. This would create a feeling of frustration in new users who would automatically assume that those closing the question are also editing his "work" to throw up a relatively large banner proclaiming that the question might be invalid.

I propose that the new dupe banners include a tagline on the banner itself that mentions that they are either generated by SE, or a link to somewhere in the FAQ explaining what they are in the first place and why they cannot be edited away.

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I would post an example, but I don't want to end up violating the trademark guidelines. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 8 '13 at 14:14
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Has this concern been expressed? The banner's appearance is mostly the same as the old dupe banner. Did people think the old one was edited in by mean power users? –  Ben Brocka Feb 8 '13 at 14:25
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Uh... They do come from moderators and other users. Just because they're not edited in doesn't mean they don't come to exist as a direct result of community moderator actions. –  Shog9 Feb 8 '13 at 14:27
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn Why would that violate the trademark guidelines? We're on an offical SE site here, so for sure that wouldn't be a problem? –  Spontifixus Feb 8 '13 at 14:51
    
@Shog9 It's not really that that I take issue with, it's that users assume it's vandalism on our parts, –  CodaFi Feb 8 '13 at 15:28
    
@CodaFi: I've never seen this problem. –  Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 2 '13 at 14:13

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