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Google: This is a closed out of date discussion

Jerry Stratton, September 28, 2013

Some people on a forum I frequent have been getting pop-ups asking them to open or save analytics.js. I thought I’d do a quick search to see if this was a bug, a virus, or something else, and if there was a solution.

The top link in Google was very likely a match, at least for the problem: “Do you want to open or save analytics.js from a.sitemeter.com” and it was on Google’s Blogger product forum.

Clicking on that link, however, flashed the real page and immediately redirected to:

A closed, multi-party/out of date discussion? I don’t even understand that. They can’t possibly be banning multi-party discussions. That’s what a discussion is. The other option is “out of date”, but on hitting the back button I got this:

The discussion looks to be only a few days old. The date doesn’t show the year, but I verified in some of the user profiles that it doesn’t show the year for posts in the current year.

Could it be that it’s a duplicate, and they want you to take part in the duplicate? I clicked on View Discussion and got:

Yes, it’s the original notice banning multi-party discussions. The only difference is that, in this case, there is no back button; the link to the “duplicate discussion” goes directly to the closed notice.

WTF? I think what happened is that they marked discussion A as a duplicate of discussion B, causing A to redirect to B, and then they killed discussion B.

But I’m not sure, because it makes no sense, and that notice is not exactly helpful.

“If you are not the asker, then you need to help yourself properly…”

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