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I just stumbled upon this post10k on Gaming, which confused me a bit, at first.

So, who is this mysterious fellow with the unlinked name? A ninja? A community moderator who fell from grace somehow?

As it turns out, that was just the poster's display name before they had their account deleted.

Having a denormalized display name, but not for deletions, seems a bit weird. Shouldn't it say

  • deleted by owner, or

  • deleted by user2974


Another example for those with 10k on Stack Overflow.

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Flagging to reopen since the dupe was deleted for some reason, anyway one important thing it cause is privacy issue: sometimes when user choose to delete his account he does not want any trace to the old display name to remain. – Shadow Wizard Jul 15 '13 at 13:52
@ShaWizDowArd so much deletion going on, I can't keep up! – Richard J. Ross III Jul 15 '13 at 15:01
So, if it's a privacy issue, then it should say 'deleted by owner'. Both problems solved! – RobH Jul 15 '13 at 16:55
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Fixed in the 2013.7.17.854 release. This post:

state before update

has the same issue and can be used for verification as soon as the build rolls out to meta sites:

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So, status-completed? – ben is uǝq backwards Jul 16 '13 at 18:00
I'll retag after we push it out – m0sa Jul 16 '13 at 18:05
Close, but no cigar - still showing in the revisions list. :-/ – Shadow Wizard Jul 16 '13 at 20:34
Fixed that one too – m0sa Jul 17 '13 at 8:38
Nice, thanks a bunch! :) – Shadow Wizard Jul 17 '13 at 8:48
Seems broken (again?) – Daniel Beck Dec 25 '13 at 23:56

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