Right now, in order to close as duplicate, one must enter the area51 proposal url in the close as duplicate entry box.

As Stack Exchange sites proliferate, it is often easier to find the site itself once launched, than it is to find the proposal for the site.

Please allow the site url to be used in the exact duplicate box.

In other words, the following should work without the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad error:

Screenshot of close box with URL to duplicate site, and error

  • I'm unable to reproduce this.. site urls should work.
    – Emmett
    Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 15:08
  • I believe you mean terrrible horrible no good very bad error. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – squillman
    Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 15:19
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    @Emmett repro'd...it's the trailing slash that breaks it Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 15:24
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    I'm curious, does your office work on some sort of rep-like system? "Okay, @David gets +50 for reproing that error on MSO earlier today, he's in the lead to pick where we order lunch from today."
    – Pops
    Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 15:26
  • @Popular just bragging rights, but that's not a bad idea...oh and lunch is catered every day so we don't get to pick where we order from :\ Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 15:29
  • @PopularDemand I've been assigning them all brownie points in my head based on who fixes more of the bugs I post/reply to. I'm sure those are redeemable somewhere for something, like Chuck E. Cheese tickets.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 16:06
  • @Popular: We do give out badges sometimes :) meta.stackexchange.com/questions/71780/… Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 16:11
  • @Jason I remember that -- which proves only that I'm too involved on MSO, as if that weren't already obvious -- but since different people were involved I refrained from mentioning it.
    – Pops
    Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 16:23
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    @Tim I'm 75% sure that the scene from the nth Harry Potter movie where there was a point counter on the wall for the different houses or whatever was actually filmed at SOIS's offices.
    – Pops
    Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 16:24
  • They had skateboards in 1972?
    – Pekka
    Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 16:33
  • What do you know, they did. I'd have thought they were a 90s invention
    – Pekka
    Commented Mar 4, 2011 at 16:34

1 Answer 1


Fixed. The duplicate-of-site popup now supports urls with a trailing slash.

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