A question was asked on Meta Stack Overflow today about a duplicate closure of a Stack Overflow question. It was a case of misunderstanding, as the OP thought the question was closed when they were really only being informed of a pending vote or flag.
I went to explain this as another user claimed the question was reopened. The question, according to the revisions, had actually never been closed. The timeline, however, which the other user was looking at, had a confusing line that has since gone away.
Currently, the timeline does not look confusing in the least:
However, during the course of the exchange on Meta Stack Overflow there was another item above the "comment added" line on the timeline.
I was unable to grab a screenshot of this at the time, but I did manage to find another question with a similar entry in its timeline:
Upon clicking the "close" link in the timeline, the user is taken to the review item for that question. Once the review is done and the timeline is refreshed, the line disappears.
Should everyone be able to see this particular line in the timeline, or is this a bug? This seems like something most users wouldn't even need. For instance, a 400 rep user on Stack Overflow such as myself would have no use for this, as I'm not able to participate in the review to begin with.
For reference, the Meta Stack Overflow question is here.