Now that links can be added into comments inline, this should be done with the automatic 'possible duplicate' comments added when a vote to close is made. It would make sense to place the question title in the comment, instead of the link.

e.g., instead of

possible duplicate of…


possible duplicate of [How does a debugger work?](

which should render as

possible duplicate of How does a debugger work?

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I imagine it's simply "possible duplicate of: [qTitle](qLink)" –  Grace Note May 7 '10 at 19:56
Even more, I thought those auto-comments triggered the implementation of the inline links. (4th comment here) –  Arjan May 7 '10 at 20:00
No uppercase P in "Possible" then? –  Arjan May 7 '10 at 20:01
@Arjan: I would definitely prefer an uppercase P, but there isn't one at the moment. –  ire_and_curses May 7 '10 at 20:03
@Arjan Actually, the uppercase P was declined –  Grace Note May 7 '10 at 20:04
Yup, and given The Threat Of The Giant S I wouldn't dare bringing it to Jeff's attention again ;-) –  Arjan May 7 '10 at 20:07
_P_ossible duplicate, please –  Andreas Bonini May 7 '10 at 21:52
@Kop: P ossible duplicate? –  perbert May 7 '10 at 22:23
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I like that idea since it provides a slightly better looking link. The only problem is when/if the title changes. Should the system then go through and change all comments that happen to reference it?

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I don't think the "Possible Duplicate:" header at the top updates if the source post is renamed. Likewise, comments aren't updated to match @username changes. So it doesn't seem all that necessary to update the title, especially since unlike my examples, the 'possible duplicate' comment is very ephemeral. –  Grace Note May 7 '10 at 20:55
@ccornet Good point. Updated. –  Michael Todd May 7 '10 at 21:33
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Just giving you an answer that this is now implemented as can be witnessed here in the comments

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