The duplicate selection in the Close dialog is broken. When you pick a duplicate an error appears:

An error occurred while searching; please try again

and the vote to close button stays disabled.

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That is somewhat inconvenient.

Can this be fixed, please?

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    Yeah, there's a fix ready to roll out - just waiting for the build servers to catch up. Currently only affecting MSO and MSE. Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 16:35
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    @KevinMontrose ah, thanks! MSO and MSE were the only sites I checked, so I assumed it was network wide. Thanks for being on top of it.
    – rene
    Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 16:36

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A fix for this has rolled out.

Some stuff behind feature flags wasn't accounted for in the very narrow case of "searching for a duplicate by exact URL".

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    What is a "feature flag"? Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 18:37
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    Generic term for "some bit, somewhere, that controls whether some code is actually on". Teams specific things (like Articles), Site specific things (like MathJax), or alpha-y things (like the new editor) are behind feature flags. Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 18:42
  • @ShadowWizardisVaccinating Like an experimental browser feature that you have to manually turn on in about:config or about:flags.
    – TylerH
    Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 18:48
  • @Shadow obligatory read: martinfowler.com/articles/feature-toggles.html (at least for people in software industry, like me)
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 19:02

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