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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:

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

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

https://stackoverflow.com/revisions/9365764/2

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 '12 at 17:04
  • @PopularDemand What a jerk. – Jeremy Banks Feb 21 '12 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. – Andrew Barber Feb 21 '12 at 17:48
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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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