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This question got closed as it was an exact duplicate of the question asked by the same user just a moment ago. And rightly it got closed. But the link to the original question (which used to appear when questions were closed as duplicates) is missing. This will lead to close-reopen wars. Is this a bug?

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It's kind of there: – random Nov 20 '09 at 12:35
So why is the revision history not linked directly from the question? – Stephan202 Nov 20 '09 at 12:38
Tiny edit seemed to fix it. – Dominic Rodger Nov 20 '09 at 12:42
That is possibly even more curious... – Stephan202 Nov 20 '09 at 12:43
It's showing the link now – ChrisF Nov 20 '09 at 12:50
up vote 7 down vote accepted

Looks like it was kind of an edit conflict. After the question was posted it got closed almost immediately. While it got closed the OP edited the post again (added a ";"). When saving this change he was still inside of the 5-minute grace window and the new change silently overwrote the automatically inserted duplicate link.

So I would think that the automatic "edits" by Community are stored in the DB differently enough from normal edits that they break the edit grace period algorithm.

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