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IIRC, the data dump is not supposed to include any content that has been deleted. Since I just stumbled over some deleted comments in the data dump, this suggests a bug in the exporter.

One such comment is number 877259, which I deleted and, after fixing some typos, replaced with comment 877279. As is visible on the answer, only comment 877279 is actually still around.

Examples of similar stories include

  • comments 958129 and 958130 (deleted) and comment 958137 (still there)
  • comments 1145915 and 1145920 (deleted from here)
  • and more.

Now, if on the other hand this is on purpose, and the deleted comments are supposed to be in there, please turn this question into a feature request to let the data dump at least reflect the fact that a comment is deleted.

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Hmmm, not that I care about people seeing it, but I still often use the old trick to post an edited comment and then delete the old one (instead of using that recent edit functionality). Now I see I'm actually messing up the database a bit. – Arjan Feb 3 '10 at 15:43
@Arjan: Yep, that's the same thing that happened to me. But since Geoff says it will be removed, it should be gone from the latest data dump (I didn't check that yet, though). – balpha Feb 3 '10 at 16:22
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Deleted comments will be removed from the next export.

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