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I stumbled upon the following issue. This question starts out with "Dear friends", as can be seen in the image below (and hopefully by following the link).

I'm not your friend

However, when I go to edit the question for some clean-up, I don't see this in the source of the question:

Hmm, apparently I'm really not your friend

My first guess was that a suggested edit is hanging around somewhere, but I don't see one. So, what's going on? Am I the only one seeing this? Bug? Cache? (New feature? Are we all friends now? ;) )

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That is peculiar... – Lix Feb 29 '12 at 17:44
I'll be your friend ^_^ – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Feb 29 '12 at 17:46
@amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA Thank you for answering my real question. ;) – Bart Feb 29 '12 at 17:46
None of the revisions of the question contains the words you see. – kiamlaluno Feb 29 '12 at 17:56
@kiamlaluno That's the weird thing. It seems Cody Gray did something to fix it, but it was truly there. (Why do I hear Twilight Zone music?) – Bart Feb 29 '12 at 17:57
Bah! Sorry I plundered your question here. That "Dear friends" was bothering me, I swear it was there when I saw the question. – Cody Gray Feb 29 '12 at 18:00
What Cody did was to fix the spelling of some words (e.g. capitalizing some words); the original post doesn't contain the words "Dear friends"; the question starts with, "i write my first CUDA code as follows:" The question is one year old; it's not a case of editing done in the grace period. – kiamlaluno Feb 29 '12 at 18:03
Odd.... :-\ I tried repro'ing it but to no avail. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Feb 29 '12 at 18:05
@kiamlaluno ...and yet Cody Gray says he saw it and it was bothering him. I have better things to do than to make this stuff up. – Bart Feb 29 '12 at 18:06
I didn't say you made stuff up. I just said that what Stack Overflow shown is not something that appears in any revision. It could be that "Dear friends" was automatically removed when the OP posted the question, or was removed after the question has been posted from a background process. The reason why Stack Overflow showed that is a mystery. – kiamlaluno Feb 29 '12 at 18:21
@kiamlaluno Fair enough. My apologies for my assumption. ;) – Bart Feb 29 '12 at 18:22
Another example of this is here: Monitor process start in the system. But I'm afraid I'm about to clobber it again... – Cody Gray May 8 '12 at 7:44
@TheEstablishment Hah, I see. :) Ah well, clobber it I'd say. Not much else that can be done about it I guess. – Bart May 8 '12 at 8:26
What happened 10 minutes ago? I dont see any change. – AsheeshR Jun 22 '13 at 3:53
@AsheeshR... what do you mean? A Community bump perhaps? – Bart Jun 22 '13 at 5:57
up vote 16 down vote accepted

My best guess here is that when Jeff clobbered these kinds of greetings it was only done on the source text, and the pre-cooked HTML for that question was never regenerated.

This would have resulted in some phantom text which would not have appeared in the revisions since they are generated on-the-fly, nor in the underlying source when you went to edit.

However, discrepancies in some suggested edits that awoodland found suggest that the HTML was regenerated, given that the greeting text no longer appears in the current (since untouched) version of those posts, but is (presumably incorrectly) listed as being added by the suggested edit because it was once part of the source. So, I'm not positive either way.

P.S. - Just so no one doubts you, I also saw the text you were describing prior to Cody Gray's edit

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That sounds like a reasonable explanation I guess. It was a curious one. :) – Bart Feb 29 '12 at 18:07
This would be my guess, as well. – Jarrod Dixon Feb 29 '12 at 22:43
Tim, you are correct - case closed. – Geoff Dalgas Feb 5 '15 at 23:46

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