Sometimes you open a lengthy question, read through it and then discover "Closed as ..." at the bottom (sometimes only after scrolling) - oops, not something you can answer. Wouldn't it make more sense to display that message before the actual question? Or maybe even in both locations? That's really important information.

Edit: Looks like my concern would be solved by Different font color for question status => closed <=, thanks to Tim Stone for pointing that out.

  • You flagged this as a duplicate and then edited it two minutes later to make it different – Michael Mrozek Jun 24 '11 at 18:53
  • @Michael: Does that invalidate the flag? Heh... – Wladimir Palant Jun 24 '11 at 19:03
  • @Does Well, yes; by "different" I meant "not a duplicate anymore". The other post was about coloring the [closed] text somehow; yours is about putting the whole Closed as box at the beginning of the question – Michael Mrozek Jun 24 '11 at 19:04
  • @Michael: It is rather about putting something visible at the beginning of the question, making [closed] text stand out is a perfect answer to my request (especially if combined with meta.stackexchange.com/questions/90111/…). Btw, my edit didn't change the meaning - only added a note that this is a duplicate. – Wladimir Palant Jun 24 '11 at 19:07

Since you're only concerned about if the question is closed, and not why...

The title telling you the question is closed

  • I just spent 10 minutes searching for the feature-request that added that; I can't find it anywhere (I did find 19 people asking for [migrated] though) – Michael Mrozek Jun 24 '11 at 18:00
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    Our brains tend to ignore text that doesn't stand out. Anyway, duplicates have a message before the question that you will see - questions closed as off-topic or similar don't. – Wladimir Palant Jun 24 '11 at 18:04
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    @Wladimir Duplicates have an extra message because they have extra information -- the list of duplicate posts. The post already says "closed" in two spots; we really don't need three – Michael Mrozek Jun 24 '11 at 18:10
  • @WladimirPalant Well, there is an existing feature request to make the [closed] text more distinct from the title itself. – Tim Stone Jun 24 '11 at 18:11
  • @Tim Stone: Thank you, didn't find it when I was looking. Flagged my question as a duplicate. – Wladimir Palant Jun 24 '11 at 18:15
  • @MichaelMrozek I wasn't able to find it either, so I've decided you're crazy and it doesn't exist. – Tim Stone Jun 24 '11 at 18:17

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