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Why is there a comment in my inbox that doesn't exist?

I received an Inbox notification with the comment:

This is not a helpful response. You have no idea

But when I click the Question link, no comment contains that text. Also, no comment has been edited. Where did this come from? Or did someone post a comment with the @ notation, then delete it and post a more appropriate comment (should the Inbox notification then be deleted, if the comment is deleted?)?

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marked as duplicate by davidsleeps, Jeff Atwood Aug 8 '11 at 5:13

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

I hadn't seen this other question in my search, should I delete this question, or mark it an answered (only answer so far alludes to similar points) or answer it myself with that reference?. – CrackerJack9 Aug 8 '11 at 2:15
CrackerJack9, I suspect that this question will be closed shortly, you do not need to delete it. In fact, even though it is a duplicate, it may still have value for search purposes. – Awesome Poodles Aug 8 '11 at 2:37
Sounds good, thanks for your feedback! – CrackerJack9 Aug 8 '11 at 14:56

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Almost certainly the comment was deleted, either by the OP or a moderator. It sounds like the type of comment I would delete. The inbox is a different database, so it still had record of the comment, but perhaps this could be solved by the developers?

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It bothers me when a response to my comment is shown in my inbox and the question is deleted before I can view it. I'm nowhere near the 10k required to go find it and it's happened more than once. That said, it sounds like this should've been resolved?. – M. Tibbits Aug 8 '11 at 6:42
@M.Tibbits: Doesn't matter what your reputation is. 10k users can't see deleted comments anyway. That's a diamond-moderator only privilege. – Cody Gray Aug 8 '11 at 9:55
Oh I see. Thanks. I had thought otherwise. – M. Tibbits Aug 8 '11 at 11:47
@TheEstablishment: I don't think even Diamond mods can see deleted comments... But they can see, as can 10K users, comments deleted because they were attached to deleted questions/answers... – PearsonArtPhoto Feb 4 '13 at 14:33

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