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The 404 page (http://stackoverflow.com/page/not/found) says

If you feel something is missing that should be here, contact us team@stackoverflow.com

but the team there sent me here. Why?

Suggestion: I would suggest to add the link to http://meta.stackoverflow.com/ on the 404 page, and say, "please consider searching on meta and posting your question there if not found. If you still cannot get satisfaction, then send us a mail at team@stackoverflow.com."

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Personally I think it better point to the help center as direct emails are now discouraged and replaced by that form. –  Shadow Wizard Aug 15 '12 at 21:03
    
Hah. Yeah, we should probably make that a bit less crazy. –  Anna Lear Aug 15 '12 at 22:12
    
What it really needs is a different message when you try to view a deleted question than when some other "permanent" page goes missing. –  Brad Mace Aug 15 '12 at 22:14
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@BradMace It is different. When you look at a deleted question, the page says "This question was removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation.". Here's an example (open it in incognito mode if you have 10k on Stack Overflow). –  Anna Lear Aug 15 '12 at 22:36
    
@ShaWizDowArd yes that makes more sense. –  h4ck3rm1k3 Aug 16 '12 at 4:49

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I would suggest to add the link to http://meta.stackoverflow.com/ on the 404 page, and say, "please consider searching on meta and posting your question there if not found.

Well, normally that would be really bad advice.

In your case, the page you were trying to access isn't supposed to be visible to anyone other than the account owner - so the 404 was... correct... sorta (strictly-speaking, it should've been a 403 page).

This led into a discussion regarding the link that took you there, which is a topic appropriate for Meta SO.

But in most cases where you're trying to navigate to a page on SO and come up empty, you'll want to search there first.

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Well some indication about meta would be in order, I did not ever use it before or know to look for it. –  h4ck3rm1k3 Aug 16 '12 at 4:39

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