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I just edited a typo in this question of mine which was rightfully closed as a duplicate. When I did, I saw that I could edit the automatically inserted text, possibly removing it. I didn't try to do so, but, should I be allowed to edit that text?

I'm going to post another question to test this.

EDIT: Yes, I was able to delete the automatically added text which linked my duplicate question to the "real" question... isn't that... not good? I guess you'd have to be pretty stupid to delete that text from your own question, but...

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Yes, you can (ability, not necessarily permission) edit those out. There's not much concern over people having this power, since there's no way the OP could remove the big fat "Closed as..." message below.

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Thanks, I just tested that and sure enough I was able to... Should I be? –  The Unhandled Exception May 18 '10 at 13:23
@Josh Yup, you are given that ability, but expected not to abuse it :) –  Jonathan Sampson May 18 '10 at 13:25
OK, good point about not being able to remove he "Closed As" message. This is probably fine as is then. Thanks! –  The Unhandled Exception May 18 '10 at 13:25
(Will accept in 5 minutes...) –  The Unhandled Exception May 18 '10 at 13:25

This has been brought up before, and editing out the duplicate link is generally considered editing abuse. If you see someone doing this, or notice that they have, you should flag for moderator attention.

This doesn't mean that it can't be done by accident, but if flagged, the moderators will generally reinstate the link, and warn the user not to do it again. Additionally, as Jonathan noted, the "closed as" message cannot be removed, so any possible posters will still know.

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