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Can someone send me a link to the first question on SO?

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stackoverflow.com/questions/1 – Pacerier Apr 10 '14 at 9:09
    
stackoverflow.com/questions/4 (old & alive) – iammilind Feb 16 at 10:38

It was Where, oh where, did the Joel Data go?

For people with less than 10k rep:

First SO question

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I'm surprised. As I have < 10K rep at SO, I have not seen other people's deleted posts before. When I want to undelete one of my own posts, I get a dialog box asking whether I want to vote to undelete my answer. I expected that people with >= 10K rep would be able to vote for the undeletion of other people's answers (like with reopening a question). The screenshot does not show a link for that, however. – Stephan202 Jul 10 '09 at 2:30
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@Stephan: You were not mistaken, users with 10k+ rep can vote to undelete posts. However, Jeff locked this post, which prevents anyone but a moderator from undeleting it. – Kyle Cronin Jul 10 '09 at 4:49
    
@Kyle: that makes sense. Thanks! – Stephan202 Jul 10 '09 at 7:38
    
Stephan: Although as Kyle says, the post is locked, people with >10k rep can only vote to undelete questions now, answers must be un-deleted by their owners or a moderator – dbr Jul 10 '09 at 14:03
    
So this is the first. What about the second and third? – puretppc Jan 12 '14 at 23:32
    
@puretppc The second question is stackoverflow.com/questions/4 mentioned below (ID 2 and 3 were answers to the Joel-data question). The third question is stackoverflow.com/questions/8/… – dbr Jan 15 '14 at 10:18

First? Dunno. The second was "When setting a form’s opacity should I use a decimal or double?":

When setting a form's opacity should I use a decimal or double?

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Why was this downvoted? I was the first to respond even. – Sampson Jul 9 '09 at 19:10
    
+1 to only help you out because of the odd -1 – RSolberg Jul 9 '09 at 19:25
    
This is unfair. So i +1 you but not the others :) – Johannes Schaub - litb Jul 10 '09 at 13:45
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This is actually the second question ever; and the first real one. – Pëkka Feb 5 '12 at 12:32
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This is down voted because it's the second question, not the fourth. It has the id of 4 is because: 1 - the first question, 2 - the first answer, 3 - the second answer, 4 - the second question. If you have enough rep you can still access them. – Derek 朕會功夫 Jun 19 '14 at 20:06
    
@Jonathan - so it sounds like this was the first real question. That's what I wanted to know once I saw the real first question (the real first was kind of a dud). – jww Sep 22 '14 at 21:19

The first question that wasn't deleted was this one:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4/

Update Questions and Responses in Stack Overflow all share the same ID Generator (they are likely in the same table?), and that explains why QuestionIDs aren't incremental at all.

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The question numbers include answers as well. – Alex Rozanski Jul 9 '09 at 17:26
    
I'm pretty sure I remember Jeff mentioning on a podcast that they share the id number generator across multiple columns. – Timothy Carter Jul 9 '09 at 17:31
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If you check out the user for the linked question (stackoverflow.com/users/8/eggs-mclaren) you'll see that it's a dummy account used by Jeff Atwood and that this is the only question the user ever asked. This was clearly a test question. It's likely that earlier questions (0-3) were also test questions that were deleted for one reason or another. – Naaff Jul 9 '09 at 19:20
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1 was a question, I think the others were answers to that question. – Brad Gilbert Jul 9 '09 at 21:09

The first real question from a non-test account is:

Why doesn't the percentage width child in absolutely positioned parent work in IE 7?

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There is no link, but the official tweet from StackOverflow revealed the REAL answer:

well, technically the first question was @codinghorror asking "where are my pants?" but it was deleted at the database level

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