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When a question is closed by a moderator as a duplicate, I believe that a reference should be made within the area below that states where the original Q/A resides.

closed as exact duplicate by Fred, Wilma, Barney♦ 1 hour ago

This question covers exactly the same ground as earlier questions on this topic; its answers may be merged with another identical question.

Link to original question goes here

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    You mean in addition to the added blockquote at the start of the question automatically put there? – random Oct 22 '10 at 15:53
  • @random - As indicated in my post above. Most questions just get closed with no reference to the original question that was duplicated. I understand there are tools like the search, etc. but I think we are all here to help, more so the moderators and if they think that the question is a duplicate of another that it would be their responsibility to share the original question/answer so the asker of the duplicate is not left to search until he/she finds it. – ricbax Oct 22 '10 at 16:39
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    If your searching for the duplicate when as the screenshots below shows all duplicates are added into the actual question at the very top, you should consider having your eyes tested. – BinaryMisfit Oct 22 '10 at 17:54
  • Most questions just get closed with no reference to the original question that was duplicated - I'm sorry - but WHAT ? – Sathyajith Bhat Oct 22 '10 at 18:01
  • @Diago - All rudeness aside, that is not the case with many closed questions. – ricbax Oct 22 '10 at 18:18
  • @Sathya - Ok maybe this wording is easier to understand: A user submits a question. Question is deemed duplicate and closed. No link to the ORIGINAL question was provided. In most cases. Diago seems to be the exception when he closes a question. – ricbax Oct 22 '10 at 18:24
  • @ricbax: Please put some links highlighting No link to the ORIGINAL question was provided. - If true, that's a bug. The original question link is inserted every time,automatically by the system, and the links are fetched from the people who have submitted the close votes – Sathyajith Bhat Oct 22 '10 at 18:45
  • @Sathya - Definitely will do that. It should probably be instaneous when the question is closed? Maybe there is a delay and I am seeing it before it happens? Either way, I will monitor and let you know here. – ricbax Oct 22 '10 at 21:33
  • @ricbax: Yes it happens soon as question is closed. If there's an edge case where you opened the question and then it was closed, you will need a page refresh. – Sathyajith Bhat Oct 22 '10 at 21:36
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    The only scenario the link will not be there, is if someone edited and removed the link after it was closed. I am not an exception, it is the way the system has worked since the very first time duplicate closing was introduced more then 2 years ago on all the sites, and has been like that since the day Super User launched. As @Sathya points out, if this is not the case, then you need to flag and we will roll it back to show it, I have done a quick check of 25 randomly closed question which are duplicates, and all of them have the link. – BinaryMisfit Oct 22 '10 at 22:39
  • I have since monitored this and it must have been a few recently closed duplicates. I have checked and most duplicates do have a section linking to it as indicated in the answer below. – ricbax Nov 11 '10 at 21:28
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Do you mean like this
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or like this?

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    +1 for <s>hand</s>mouse-drawn circles; -1 for JPEG screenshots. – Hello71 Oct 22 '10 at 21:31

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