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I decided to do some spring cleaning just now, and searched on Stack Overflow for is:answer "having the same" to see what came up.

Sorting by relevance, the first post is this answer (10K-only, sorry) for

So I went to the answer to see if it needed to be flagged, and it's already been deleted!

My question is: Can any user see deleted answers when searching this way, or only 10K'ers? Is this by design, or is this a bug?

(The answers in Deleted answer appears in search result seems to indicate it was a hiccup, but I can consistently reproduce this).

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I don't have 10k rep and I can see the answer in the result list. But can't see it once on the post. – Hugo Dozois Mar 26 '13 at 15:03
It appears in searches for anonymous users, even. Chrome -> File -> New Incognito Window -> paste search URL, deleted answer is first result. – Martijn Pieters Mar 26 '13 at 15:05
Perhaps it's related to this bug that was recently posted on Programmers meta? Search brings up deleted questions in results – Rachel Mar 26 '13 at 15:08
Bad shards! Bad! – LittleBobbyTables Mar 26 '13 at 15:13
I believe I have seen several posts just like that. They all have Thiefmaster and the delete date in common. And perhaps the glitch? :-) – Bo Persson Mar 26 '13 at 16:11
@BoPersson - you might be right; this answer that I found from "please share" doesn't appear to show up on the search results anymore. – LittleBobbyTables Mar 26 '13 at 18:59

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