Permalinks within Discourse

I would like to redirect topic 3405 to topic 5618. So anyone linking to 3405 gets sent to topic 5618, instead.
I read up on Permalinks here:

https://meta.discourse.org/t/45128
https://meta.discourse.org/t/59727
https://meta.discourse.org/t/88918

I tried setting it up a few ways:

But none of these seem to make topic 3405 redirect to topic 5618.

I don’t believe it’s possible to redirect a topic to another topic with a permalink. You’d end up with a topic that exists but is inaccessible (because visiting it redirects you).

What you could do instead is close the original topic and make the last reply a link to the new one. Or if you want to hide the original topic entirely you could archive it.

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We keep seeing users try to abuse permalinks in this manner, therefore our UI is broken. How can we make it more clear what this feature is for in the UI @techAPJ? Can we generate an error when someone tries to generate an internal permalink?

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It may sound heavy-handed, but does permalinks need to exist in the UI if you aren’t migrating posts in?

Even if it’s used correctly there are situations where a permalink could be replicated within a post and won’t work, right?

Wait a second this should technically work if you delete topic 3405 and access old link as a non-admin.

Improved the UI to include description via:

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