I had the last close vote (duplicate) to this question. After I closed it, it contained this:

> **Possible Duplicates:**  
> [Reflector for Java?](https://stackoverflow.com/questions/722378/reflector-for-java)  
> [](https://stackoverflow.com/questions/718935/is-a-functional-language-a-good-choice-for-a-flight-simulator-how-about-lisp/722387#722387)  

does java have a tool like reflector?  i.e. to decompile the code

can java be just as easily decompiled as .net?

I'm assuming it contained only the bottom two lines and not the empty link before being closed and not the link with no text. The other peculiar thing is the id of the question that all five of us closed it as a duplicate of (722378) appears twice in the destination of the empty link at the end.

This obviously isn't a huge deal, but I thought I'd report this anyway. :D


2 Answers 2


The first link links to question 722378, the second one to answer 722387. (You can submit an answer id as the duplicate id, that's not prevented on submit on the server. That's probably the real bug here.)

  • 6
    oh, interesting -- we accept answer ids? that's definitely a bug.. Dec 28, 2009 at 9:26
  • @Jeff was this bug fixed? I just tried to reproduce it for the fun of it and cannot
    – Earlz
    Apr 29, 2010 at 22:14
  • @Earlz: It still works if you are careful to not trigger the client-side verification. See the automatically inserted duplicate comment on meta.stackexchange.com/questions/48299 , which links to an answer...
    – sth
    Apr 30, 2010 at 0:23

We improved the close duplicate dialog quite a bit, and this bug was also fixed.

  1. Shows full preview of proposed duplicate in a scrollable <div>
  2. No longer uses drop-down behavior but simpler "after pause in typing, attempt to load the question URL or ID you just entered in a preview below the input area"
  3. You can click on the previously chosen duplicates below, to get an instant preview of the dupe to judge if it is actually a duplicate or not.
  4. Handy search link in upper right (with improved search help page) to help you find those pesky dupes
  • 1) Jeff, is there a better question in which to discuss this change? 2) Discussion: please add a 1-pixel border around the scrolling div. Jun 4, 2010 at 14:47

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