I've noticed the following happen a few times:
- A user posts a question.
- The question is closed as a duplicate and the usual "Possible Duplicate" links are added at the top.
- The user promptly removes the duplicate links, even though the question is still closed as a duplicate.
- (excessive use of list items =P)
Now, I could understand this behavior if there was some dispute about whether or not the question was a duplicate, and the OP were to remove the links and post reasons why they disagree with the closing. However, I've noticed this happening without any attempt to defend the question (such as here).
In my opinion, no one should be allowed to remove the "Possible Duplicate" links as long as the question is still closed as a duplicate. The links should remain for the benefit of the community, so they can navigate to the duplicate questions and either post answers there or read them over and judge if the closing was actually fair. Once/if the question is reopened the links could be edited out if one so chooses.
I guess this is part discussion, part feature request:
Could the "Possible Duplicate" links remain un-editable for as long as the question is still closed?