When I try to close a question as duplicate, it fails at the point where I am to enter the URL of the duplicate. The look up of that URL fails with the message “An error occurred while searching; please try again”. My browser's console shows a request to https://meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/popup/close/search-originals/96669 that's redirected to https://meta.stackoverflow.com/error?aspxerrorpath=/posts/popup/close/search-originals/96669 which returns a 500 status.

This doesn't happen on other sites. It's presumably a bug in rev 2013.9.27.1464. In case this is browser-related, I'm using Chrome 27.0.1453.93.


  • Must have something to do with that deploy they did this morning....
    – user102937
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 20:49
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    Hacking the HTML to change the value of the input and re-enable the submit button manually still works. :)
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 21:10
  • it's a sign that there are too many duplicates here
    – gnat
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 22:45

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This was fixed in the latest deploy.

The backend parts of flagging and closing dialogs were recently rewritten. This error was caused because I missed a view that needed to be ported over as part of removing the old code.

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