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Here a fresh example stackoverflow.com/questions/4570289/create-oracle-cursor –  bernd_k Jan 1 '11 at 15:35
    
I wish I could upvote the above myself. Closing merged questions really needs to be done. –  Dennis Williamson Jan 20 '11 at 19:10

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Technically, the post isn't actually closed -- it's locked. See the revision history.

It essentially becomes the same as the stub left behind in a migrated question, so I think the question that really needs to be asked is: do merged questions need to be closed and locked instead of just locked?

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They should be, since the original question still counts as "unanswered" if it's not closed. Probably merging should just auto-close as a duplicate of the merge target –  Michael Mrozek Dec 4 '10 at 18:40

I agree this is confusing. The merge text itself states "this question was merged with XYZ because it is an exact duplicate of that question".

So it makes sense for the behavior of a merge to also close the question as a duplicate, rather than simply lock it.

Update:

We will only allow merge to happen if one of the questions being merged is currently closed.

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