Basically, what it says on the tin. The mainstream-physics closure dialog, which is accessible on the closure dialog as well as on closed questions (example), contains a link to the mainstream-physics site policy which contains the user ID of one of the elected site moderators, i.e. the same link that comes from the 'share' button on that meta thread.

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Now, I don't think it's the end of the world, beyond a somewhat-shady Announcer badge, but now that we know it's there, wouldn't it be better to remove that numerical tagline? Can this be done on a relatively painless fashion?

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It's not possible to change the text of an existing close reason. We'd have to create a whole new one, presumably with the same text except for the link URL. Personally, I don't think it's worth the trouble, although you're right that it would be best not to have a user ID in the URL.

If we ever decide that the text of the close reason is somehow inadequate or invalid and we want to make a significant change to it, that would justify abandoning the close reason in favor of a new one. At that point we should definitely make sure not to attach any user IDs to the URL.

  • Yeah, I suspected as much; if nothing else, there's certainly a record-keeping concern here. Arguably there's a bit of wiggle room in that the change is minor (maybe worth bringing up with the team?) but it's not a huge deal either. – Emilio Pisanty Oct 2 at 21:50
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    Sure, we can check with the team. I wouldn't expect much chance of a positive response though. – David Z Oct 2 at 22:43
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    I changed it, @Emilio. Manish's badges can remain though, as a monument to his evil genius. – Shog9 Oct 3 at 0:35
  • @Shog9 Thanks =). Out of curiosity, is this a new entry in the CloseAsOffTopicReasonTypes table, or is it a 'ghost' edit? – Emilio Pisanty Oct 3 at 9:24
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    @EmilioPisanty Old closed questions have the updated link, which suggests a ghost edit. – rob Oct 3 at 13:53

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