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I work with the Stack Overflow API and found something strange. Following are the steps to reproduce:

Is this a bug or normal behavior whose condition to occur I don't know?

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FWIW, I don't think this belongs on meta, as it's a programming problem involving an API that happens to be hosted on SO. – bdares Oct 21 '11 at 4:10
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Does this not break the Attribution part of the license? – Rawling Oct 21 '11 at 11:21
    
@Rawling: Interesting question. Maybe you want to ask that as separate question, because this raises very interesting thoughts. – Time Traveling Bobby Oct 21 '11 at 11:28
    
I'll give it a shot. – Rawling Oct 21 '11 at 11:44

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