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I think this isn't a duplicate...

I've been looking through the DataDump and I've noticed a number of posts (137) where the answer was posted before the question.

Now a difference of a few minutes I could understand as being down to time synchronisation issues between servers, however answer #391523 was apparently posted nearly 4 days before the question was asked! (Question posted Dec 24 '08 at 14:24, answer posted Dec 21 '08 at 23:29)

What gives?

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The questions were merged; maybe the datestamp was for the later answer?

I know they were merged because I followed that topic very closely (and wrote the original compiled 'accepted' answer).

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I remember that too. Ah, the memories... back then, theman was the only troll I'd ever seen on SO. – mmyers Feb 5 '10 at 17:05
    
Ah, that would be it. I didn't even realise it was possible to merge questions. – Justin Feb 5 '10 at 17:07
    
Well, to speak accurately: The answers were merged into one question. That may be What caused it. – George Stocker Feb 5 '10 at 17:10

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