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While perusing a question on Stack Overflow, I was presented with the familiar "X new answer to this question, click to refresh". When I did, I was presented with the following:

1, 2, potato

This pattern continued with "4 new answers" and "5 new answers", at which point I got bored watching it and came here to report it.

FWIW, the correct number of answers was displayed when I did an F5 on it.

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I cannot confirm since I cannot see deleted answers, but one of the answers was most likely deleted. – Josh Mein Dec 20 '12 at 14:59
if you link to the post, someone can confirm, but it is indeed likely a deleted answer. – Servy Dec 20 '12 at 15:01
You can look up the user and just view their activity. There is an deleted answer on the question. – Brandon Dec 20 '12 at 15:02
@Brandon if I can't see the deleted answer, how can I look up the user's activity? – mikeTheLiar Dec 20 '12 at 15:05
@mikeTheLiar, I was actually suggesting it to Servy. Sometimes it takes awhile for the OP to provide a link, so I usually just do that instead. – Brandon Dec 20 '12 at 15:07
@Brandon He has no activity on the question in question. – Servy Dec 20 '12 at 15:07
@Servy, no but there are two other usernames posted in the screenshot. :P – Brandon Dec 20 '12 at 15:08

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

There are a lot more posts now, but there certainly is a single deleted answer to that question from 16 minutes ago. Since you don't have enough reputation to see deleted posts, you couldn't see the third answer.

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So [status-by-design] I guess? – mikeTheLiar Dec 20 '12 at 15:14
@mikeTheLiar Yeah. The good news is, one of the best 10k+ privileges is far fewer seemingly odd quirks :) You'll get there. – Tim Post Dec 20 '12 at 15:27
@TinyTim now I just have to earn another....hmm, let's see....carry the two.... OVER 9000 REP to qualify. – mikeTheLiar Dec 20 '12 at 15:28

There is a deleted answer on the linked question.

Someone posted an answer and then deleted it. You were sent a notification stating that there was a new answer, but when you went to load it, since it had already been deleted, it wasn't sent to you.

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