Ironically, take a look at this question:

Closed as an exact duplicate ... Possible Duplicate

Why does the header of a closed duplicate question say "Possible Duplicate:" when the footer says "Closed as exact duplicate"? If the question gets the 5 votes and is closed, can we change the header to say "Exact Duplicate:" instead? It's a little confusing the way it is right now.

Either that, or include the link the the duplicate question in the footer. For example: "Closed as exact duplicate of [link] by [....]".

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    I think a better solution would be simply to remove the word "Exact". I think it conveys an overly-strong "exactness" that isn't always present.
    – Flimzy
    Jun 15, 2012 at 0:12
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    This question was closed as a duplicate, but a solution hasn't really been addressed in the linked duplicate question. Does this mean that nothing is going to happen, that it'll be left as-is? I personally like animuson and Flimzy's solution.
    – John
    Jun 15, 2012 at 0:32
  • Perhaps someone should propose that as a solution on the duplicate question linked above?
    – Flimzy
    Jun 15, 2012 at 1:11
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    Oh...the irony......this post listing a possible duplicate and closed as exact duplicate =)
    – saluce
    Jun 15, 2012 at 3:51

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I agree that this is a bit confusing, but changing it to "exact duplicate" is a bad move in my opinion. Especially considering you can have any number of links in that box. I'd rather leave the "possible duplicate" part in the box at the top, and just get rid of the word "exact" in the close reason at the bottom.

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