Apparently when a question is closed, the post is allowed to be edited and saved with an empty title, which leaves the post title as simply [closed].

Example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/9365764/

Oops, that's supposed to be a link. I guess having no title breaks the automatic text conversion of SO posts from url to title, try this instead:


Here's the revision link in case the post is rolled back, hopefully it's clear what happened:


I know this isn't a huge deal seeing as the question is closed, but I'm not sure what would happen if the post was reopened. It might end up with a completely empty title that's unclickable from the main page.

Either way, I'm reporting this because I believe it is unintentional behavior.

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    Must resist... urge to roll back.... Must not... destroy only example... of bug....
    – Pops
    Feb 21, 2012 at 17:04
  • @PopularDemand What a jerk.
    – Jeremy
    Feb 21, 2012 at 17:28
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    Good catch! I think it's actually fairly important, as closed questions are perhaps more likely to be attempted to be edited to an empty title. Feb 21, 2012 at 17:48

1 Answer 1


Great find - this was due to our stripping of punctuation from titles after doing validation.

A fix will be deployed in the next build, > rev 2012.2.24.1225.

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