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I came across this question which was recently merged: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4551090/codegolf-find-the-unique-paths

It's not marked as closed in the title and as such there is no indication from seeing it in a list of questions why it has 0 votes and 0 answers (for reference the main copy has 11 votes and 8 answers). Is this a bug, missing feature or by design?

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It's not closed. It's locked.* And locked questions don't get anything appended to their titles.

*Ok, so this isn't obvious either... Merge-source questions are automatically locked - it's implicit in the "merged" indicator following the question, and explicitly noted in the question's revision history.

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Then the question is, should they get [locked] appended to their titles? – marcog Dec 30 '10 at 0:01
@marcog: can you think of a good reason? If so, post that as a feature request. – Shog9 Dec 30 '10 at 0:02
@Shog I gave one in my question: while browsing for questions I come across this question with 0 votes/answers and it triggers me to look into it, when it's just wasting my time. It servers the same purpose as [closed] IMHO. – marcog Dec 30 '10 at 0:07
@Shog Are you saying the right thing is to open a new request? – marcog Dec 30 '10 at 0:08
@marcog: yes, that's what I'm saying. You understand what's happening now, so you can make an informed suggestion that it change. – Shog9 Dec 30 '10 at 0:09
@Shog Sure, just didn't want to be unnecessarily spammy. Was thinking editing the current question was more acceptable. Posted here. – marcog Dec 30 '10 at 0:20
@marcog: well, my theory is that if you had to ask this question then chances are someone else will wonder the same thing - and now they'll have a ready answer. – Shog9 Dec 30 '10 at 0:22

This one should have been deleted anyway, so your question is moot.

I've deleted it.

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Is this true for all merges? Seems it might not be the case according to this request. – marcog Dec 30 '10 at 15:38

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