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When I stared at this question (revisions) and I even thought [question refined] as offical status of the post.

<somebody removed it now, So, I've edited this question to get same effect>

How about official status [closed] as

  • different font color or
  • different font size or
  • put the text [closed] outside the question link


  • put a special tag as suggested in the answer

to clarify from those?

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I was actually incorrect. At some point I guess I saw the [closed] in the edit field of a question and assumed that was how the Closed system works. I was wrong, and after looking at a few questions I find it does not work this way. – Tyler Carter Feb 23 '10 at 3:02
Ah, ok, I also just trying see some edits, can't find that text. – YOU Feb 23 '10 at 3:05
screenshot-with-freehand-circles or it didn't happen... (kidding, it's in the edit history) – quack quixote Feb 23 '10 at 3:12

I'd like to see it added as a special (non user selectable) tag similar to the [status-declined] type tags here on meta.

Not only would that give an immediate visual indication, but it would also have the extra benefit(?) of allowing you to include/exclude [closed] questions in searches.

Edit: I forgot, but as @waiwai933 pointed out, you can already search for closed questions (closed:1)... however I still think the visual indication alone makes it worth implementing.

If you wanted to take the idea further though, you could expand the [closed] tag to different tags for each close reason (i.e. [closed-duplicate], [closed-not-programming], [closed-subjective], [closed-off-topic], [closed-too-local], [migrated-to-meta], [migrated-to-so], [migrated-to-su], [migrated-to-sf]) then you'd get some potentially useful search abilities since you'd be able to find questions closed for specific reasons... (plus you could find all questions migrated /questions/tagged/migrated~, or all questions closed (not migrated) /questions/tagged/closed~).

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Good idea. Agree – YOU Feb 23 '10 at 3:06
And do all kind of cool searches! Like sorting closed questions by votes, etc – Andreas Bonini Feb 23 '10 at 3:19
@koper @S.Mark There is the closed:1 boolean operator for search. – waiwai933 Feb 23 '10 at 3:33
no, overloading tags in this way would just be noise. – Jeff Atwood Feb 23 '10 at 8:45
Jeff, How about my original suggestions, instead of tag? – YOU Feb 23 '10 at 8:51
Notifying @Jeff - just in case you missed @S.Mark's comment. – Dominic Rodger Feb 23 '10 at 11:10

This is an old feature request, but I can't disagree. I think putting it maybe to the left would work better like:

[Closed] Question Title

or for duplicates:

[Duplicate] Question Title

would look better in my opinion.

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