See here, for example: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/51596/wordpress-does-not-return-404-when-the-url-is-changed

The OP knows that the behavior is a bug, and even links to the Trac bug report he submitted.

What value, then, does such a question provide for the WPSE community? Should such questions be considered off-topic, or should they be re-phrased to solicit work-around solutions in lieu of the bug report being closed/fixed?

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Asking for a workaround should be allowed. Some bugs are open for more than seven years, pointing to Trac doesn't help anyone in those cases.

And who knows – maybe we can come up with a solution that actually fixes the bug and finds its way into the core?

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    +1 for leaving it open. "finds it way into core"? Ha!
    – kaiser
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 16:00
  • I'm cool with this, provided the emphasis is on rewriting the question to that it is scoped to pertain to a workaround in lieu of a bugfix. Commented May 10, 2012 at 18:49
  • Of course. Naked statements aren't good questions. If you think it is worth thinking about a workaround just rewrite the question. :)
    – fuxia Mod
    Commented May 10, 2012 at 18:55
  • I definitely agree. We all know the Wordpress development team are known for taking years to fix issues, I guess that's the beauty of open source software anyone can come up with a solution to a known bug. Commented May 11, 2012 at 0:39

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