I've come across a small issue which occurs when a question has been closed but the question itself or one of its answers are being edited.

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Visit a closed question. (even closed years ago)
  2. In a different tab or browser, edit the question or one of its answers.
  3. "an edit has been made to this post; click to load" message will appear above the edited post in the first tab/browser, click it.
  4. The .question-status div becomes hidden, which includes the closed notice below a question and, for a duplicate-closed question, the list of duplicates above the question body. This gives the appearance that the question is no longer closed (until you refresh).

Some screenshots:

This is definitely closed...

Did this magically get reopened?

I know it isn't common/important but it did confuse me when looking at a particularly bad question - I thought it had been reopened.

Is this an intentional feature? If so, what was the thinking behind it?

Another example


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    This very similar thread is a little hard to follow, but since it seems like some people were trying to blame the problem on the user's browser(?). Really, the discussion just seems to have trailed off... meta.stackexchange.com/questions/110481/…
    – A.M.
    Jun 18, 2013 at 2:00
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    @A.M. - thanks for the link. However, that seems to be more about 'closed' disappearing from the title rather than the closed message under the question text being hidden.
    – Joe
    Jun 18, 2013 at 14:06
  • OK, but if both issues they have the same "why" (and they seem pretty similar), we would have an answer to 2 questions. ...so maybe consider this a 2x bounty on your question. :)
    – A.M.
    Jun 18, 2013 at 14:29
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    Oh, and +1 for pointing out the difference.
    – A.M.
    Jun 18, 2013 at 14:30
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    This really should be fixed. It's thrown me off quite a few times.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:02
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    @animuson sometimes shiny rep draw better attention than edit, although the free hand circles are magnificent! :-) Jul 30, 2013 at 12:57

1 Answer 1


Took a while to track down, but this is now fixed and will be with you in the next build.

rev 2014.8.01.1737, meta rev 2014.8.01.2407


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