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I've come across a small issue which occurs when a question has been closed but the question itself or one of its answers are being edited.

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Visit a closed question. (even closed years ago)
  2. In a different tab or browser, edit the question or one of its answers.
  3. "an edit has been made to this post; click to load" message will appear above the edited post in the first tab/browser, click it.
  4. The .question-status div becomes hidden, which includes the closed notice below a question and, for a duplicate-closed question, the list of duplicates above the question body. This gives the appearance that the question is no longer closed (until you refresh).

Some screenshots:

This is definitely closed...

Did this magically get reopened?

I know it isn't common/important but it did confuse me when looking at a particularly bad question - I thought it had been reopened.

Is this an intentional feature? If so, what was the thinking behind it?

Another example


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This very similar thread is a little hard to follow, but since it seems like some people were trying to blame the problem on the user's browser(?). Really, the discussion just seems to have trailed off...… – A.M. Jun 18 '13 at 2:00
@A.M. - thanks for the link. However, that seems to be more about 'closed' disappearing from the title rather than the closed message under the question text being hidden. – Joe Jun 18 '13 at 14:06
OK, but if both issues they have the same "why" (and they seem pretty similar), we would have an answer to 2 questions. maybe consider this a 2x bounty on your question. :) – A.M. Jun 18 '13 at 14:29
Oh, and +1 for pointing out the difference. – A.M. Jun 18 '13 at 14:30
This really should be fixed. It's thrown me off quite a few times. – animuson Jul 30 '13 at 5:02
@animuson sometimes shiny rep draw better attention than edit, although the free hand circles are magnificent! :-) – Shadow Wizard Jul 30 '13 at 12:57
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Took a while to track down, but this is now fixed and will be with you in the next build.

rev 2014.8.01.1737, meta rev 2014.8.01.2407

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Still not fixed for migrated questions, is this a trivial fix or should I retract my close vote there and leave it as new bug report? – Shadow Wizard Aug 27 '14 at 21:33
Better open a new one. Migration code is not quite "normal" close code... – Oded Aug 28 '14 at 8:51
Yep, Anna reopened the other one. :) – Shadow Wizard Aug 28 '14 at 18:01
@Oded I just had this happen with a brand new, non migrated question on SO - possible regression? – James Thorpe Feb 2 '15 at 15:38
FYI, I have opened a new report now. – James Thorpe Feb 2 '15 at 15:56

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