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I'm wondering why the question title is a link to itself and the same page? Why isn't it just written as solid text? SEO perhaps?

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I don't know, but I click it to refresh the page – juan Apr 23 '10 at 17:35
@dow: Ctrl+F5? – perbert Apr 23 '10 at 17:43
@voy that would involve using the other hand, don't mess with my system. – juan Apr 23 '10 at 18:09
@Down: not to mention taking my hand off the mouse to press F5 is very tiring. – IAbstract Apr 23 '10 at 18:49
@dboarman: that's why you should be using your left hand to do your typing when holding your mouse with the right. – perbert Apr 23 '10 at 18:56
@voyager: it's official – Pops Apr 23 '10 at 19:10
@voyager: don't tell me what to do with my left hand...Like Downvoter, I have a system. – IAbstract Apr 23 '10 at 21:45
But why not using the refresh button? Also pages with "back"-links doesn't make any sense for me because you also have a "back"-button in your browser and you also have a "refresh"-button in the environment of your browser. – TheFox Oct 17 '14 at 11:46

I personally use this link quite often to refresh the question or to copy the link to the question. I find it quite useful.

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Same reasons here. Especially if I reached a question from a permalink to one of the answers, somehow my refresh seems cleaner if I do it from the question link itself. – Grace Note Apr 23 '10 at 17:36
But it's more complicated to copy the title itself. I copy texts by doubleclicking the first word of a text and move the cursor to the end of the text holding the mouse button down and then Ctrl+C. So it selects word by word, not charachter by charachter. If you link the title you can't doubleclick the first word to do so, you must click beside the first word and probably remove paragraphs, new lines,... or other text styles. So it make no benefit linking the title. If you want to copy the URL use the URL bar on top of your browser. – TheFox Oct 17 '14 at 11:57

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I presume you are referring to the circled title. Well, why wouldn't it link right back to the page? I would presume that it is a forced refresh (not from cache) for the question.

I do use the link to refresh when I am watching for an answer. Seems to be a better refresh than equivalent to using Ctrl-F5.

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yes that is what i am speaking of. I was wondering why it was made a link at all? The refresh makes sense I suppose. That the only reason? A trivial question by me maybe? – Nick Apr 23 '10 at 17:42

PI believe that is because you can access a given question in different ways, and you might want to share the link of the question itself. Giving you a canonical link somewhere is good design and polite to your users so they don't have to go through hoops to get it (go to address bar, delete everything after the number, etc).

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You can get the link from the browser's address bar. – ChrisF Apr 23 '10 at 18:10
@ChrisF: I know (go to address bar, delete everything after the number, etc), but that is not the canonical link. – perbert Apr 23 '10 at 18:16
but the link on the title includes the name and is exactly the same as the address bar. – ChrisF Apr 23 '10 at 18:40
@ChrisF it depends. This is a valid link, but is not the canonical link, and were you to get it, you still need to go through the mild annoyance of trimming the link to the usable form. It's a nicety. Nice to have, but of course not a must have. – perbert Apr 23 '10 at 18:55

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