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http://superuser.com/questions/37449/what-is-and-in-a-directory

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It shows no question owner, not even a simple name (without link).

What happened?

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+1 for Freehand Questionmark –  The Unhandled Exception May 26 '10 at 16:30

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I would expect that it was an anonymous unregistered user (which don't actually appear to have names - the "user123456" is invented) that got deleted (inactivity, choice, abuse - who knows). It happens; there simply isn't anything useful left to display there.

IIRC ages ago a process was added to kill abandoned zero-value accounts.

Re one of the comments about ♦ mods deleting a user and then undeleting the post - even if a ♦ mod did delete the user account, that doesn't necessarily take the post with it. That is usually reserved for spammers etc.

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Check out this query. Both the OwnerDisplayName and OwnerUserId are null.

Either the owner was deleted inappropriately or something else happened to corrupt the data.

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Indeed. Thank you for the query. –  Gnoupi May 26 '10 at 16:05
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@Gnoupi: unfortunately, I think I may be wrong. I ran this query to find all questions that fit the same description (I even added LastEditUserId, just in case, which filtered about 500 out), but none of the random questions I've checked display as this one does. Apparently cloudexchange doesn't expose all of the data. –  Randolpho May 26 '10 at 16:17
    
Hmm... in every one of the random questions I've checked out, they've all been migrated questions. And yet the user name is displayed. There's obviously something I'm missing here. –  Randolpho May 26 '10 at 16:23
    
Could this happen if a user is deleted(and all their posts) by a diamond moderator and then 10k users vote to undelete it? –  Earlz May 26 '10 at 17:52
    
@Earlz: Do you mean that the 10k users undelete the post that had been previously deleted as part of a user deletion? Even if a diamond mod chose to delete every post of a user (which I doubt has actually happened) one would think they'd lock the posts they're deleting. –  Randolpho May 26 '10 at 19:58
    
@Randolpho well you never know though. –  Earlz May 26 '10 at 20:17
    
@Earlz: true. It's a possibility. But I think my initial diagnosis is wrong anyway. –  Randolpho May 26 '10 at 20:36

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