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In the latest Recent Changes FAQ I saw this:

2013-02-18: The revision history of a question that was closed as a duplicate is now showing the chosen originals as part of the "Closed as duplicate" notice.

That sounds cool, so I went to go see what it looks like and realized that questions with revisions (e.g. closed, reopened, bounty, locked, deleted, etc.), but no edits, don't have an "edited <date>" link to click.

Example: More activity to get Beta badge
Revisions: http://meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/168761/revisions

no link

I realize I can manually type the URL:

http://meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/168761/revisions

But it would be nice to simply click. It could say "revised" instead of "edited" if there were no edits:

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This really annoys me. You missed deleted off your list as well... There's a brilliant Shog9 rant somewhere where he says something about this as well... but I can't find it. –  ben is uǝq backwards Feb 23 '13 at 19:43
    
Manually constructing the URL and using "source" or "link" works great. –  Peter Mortensen Aug 4 at 20:35

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Normally, the revision history link only shows up when there've been edits to the post - there are a bunch of other things that can show up there that won't trigger the creation of the link (closing/reopening, deletion/undeletion, migration, locking, bounties, annotations, tweeting...)

For most casual readers, that's all just noise - they're interested in the current state of the question, maybe how the text has evolved over time, but not all the administrative minutia.

The close-as-duplicate record's kinda special though, since that used to be an edit - it did trigger the revision history link, and there was potentially some useful information there even if the post was later re-opened. Realistically, those links should probably show up somewhere else as well - comments, or the "linked" sidebar - but since those are deleted (either when the post is closed, or when it's re-opened), that's not working either.

For now, you can do what the rest of us process wonks do: install the SE Modifications userscript and get a link to the revision history on every post (and occasionally some minor layout weirdness thrown in free of charge).

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For most casual readers, that's all just noise They are already seeing all that "noise" if they click the "edited <date>" link (and a large percentage of questions have that link). Putting "revised <date>" where they are used to seeing "edited <date>" is hardly distracting. But those SE scripts sound interesting. I'll check them out. –  ThinkingStiff Feb 23 '13 at 20:20
    
No, I mean if there aren't any edits the information behind "revised" is just noise - the post itself hasn't changed, just its status (with, again, dup-links being the exception here since that history entry actually lists stuff that showed up on the question). Granted, it's noise that a lot of us are very interested in, but that doesn't matter to most of the folks visiting the site. –  Shog9 Feb 23 '13 at 20:22
    
Do you think there are a large number of users that both don't care about that data and would be distracted/confused by that link being there (a link that is on many other questions already)? I can't speak for the all new users, but I clicked on everything when I was new to try to learn about SO. –  ThinkingStiff Feb 23 '13 at 20:30
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The vast, vast majority of people visiting SO care not a whit about learning about SO. For the ones that do, it's still important to give them stuff that they can use first and foremost - if you log in as a new user, you'll quickly notice that there are a lot fewer links hanging around each post. –  Shog9 Feb 23 '13 at 20:36
    
To your point: I've been on over a year and just now noticed this. –  ThinkingStiff Feb 23 '13 at 21:04
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It's like boiling a frog... You increase the number of links slowly, so the frog barely notices that his comfortable home has suddenly become TVTropes. –  Shog9 Feb 23 '13 at 21:09
    
How about making "marked as duplicate" a link to the revision history? Or even the date, like the "edited" one. –  Kevin Mar 5 '13 at 15:16
    
Except that info is most needed when the close notice isn't being displayed, @иɪvэЖєvɪɴ –  Shog9 Mar 5 '13 at 15:19

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