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No biggie, but when closing a question as exact duplicate, entering a question ID and then deleting it, the following situation may occur:

I have emptied the question text field but still the close button stays enabled. Clicking it will in fact result in a close vote being cast – but apparently without dedicated duplicate question ID. At least, that’s what happened when Jon Seigel tried it on this question. His close vote was counted but when I then tried to close the question as exact duplicate, the list of “master questions” was still empty.

And a the request of Jon Seigel, here's the state of the vote to close dialog on this question:

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And here's what the question looked like as a closed question:

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Sorry, I tried clicking close on your question to test before I saw the last paragraph. This definitely needs fixing. +1 – Jon Seigel May 16 '10 at 16:16
@Jon Seigel: Oops. I just did, too, to see what question you had given as the duplicate. Answer: none. Apparently your vote was registered but no question was assigned as dedicated duplicate. – Konrad Rudolph May 16 '10 at 17:15
Could someone please take a screenshot of the current state of the exact duplicate screen on this question so everyone can see? – Jon Seigel May 16 '10 at 17:51
@Jon - here you go forman.free-online.co.uk/images/missing-close-votes.png – ChrisF May 16 '10 at 18:04
Thanks, @Chris -- is there anything clickable under "Other users chose ..."? – Jon Seigel May 16 '10 at 18:37
okay, one more close vote like this, then we can see what happens – balpha May 16 '10 at 18:57
@Jon - There didn't appear to be anything clickable. – ChrisF May 16 '10 at 20:01
… and now we have closed the question, there’s no reason given, and the bug will never be fixed … ;-) – Konrad Rudolph May 16 '10 at 20:10
I added a screenshot of what the question looks like now, so we can reopen. – Jon Seigel May 16 '10 at 20:16
You broke my internetz! – perbert May 17 '10 at 13:22

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

The real bug is that the server doesn't check if a valid id was supplied. Closing as a duplicate of nothing and closing as a duplicate of an answer should be rejected by the server.

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This is now fixed, with the recent changes to close as dupe:

  1. Shows full preview of proposed duplicate in a scrollable <div>
  2. No longer uses drop-down behavior but simpler "after pause in typing, attempt to load the question URL or ID you just entered in a preview below the input area"
  3. You can click on the previously chosen duplicates below, to get an instant preview of the dupe to judge if it is actually a duplicate or not.
  4. Handy search link in upper right (with improved search help page) to help you find those pesky dupes
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I think my close vote with duplicate id null for this question was still accepted by the server. The close vote count went up, but it didn't add a "duplicate comment". I modified the client Javascript to post this vote, but even if you can't enter them over the user interface anymore, I still think the server should reject empty duplicate ids. – sth Jun 4 '10 at 12:14

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