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How do I generate a random number? was closed. From the comments, it's clear that the asker completely changed his question.

I wanted to see the original question—the original edit/version—so I hit the "edit" button. I don't see any previous revisions though.

I don't want to edit the question, but I do want to see the history of edits.

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It's been merged, so that link no longer works. But what likely happened was that the edits were within the five-minute window. (Try editing your question right now and notice that there is no revision history generated.) – mmyers Jun 3 '10 at 14:34
stackoverflow.com/posts/2964604/revisions tells me that there is only one revision. And the first comment indicates that the poster did a blinding fast edit, so it was probably within the first 5 minutes. There is no way to retrieve the previous revisions of a single 5 minute block. – Grace Note Jun 3 '10 at 14:36
@mmyers It doesn't look merged, the error screen is because the URL says "posts" instead of "questions". You'd get identical results looking at this question as meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/52359 – Grace Note Jun 3 '10 at 14:37
@ccomet: Huh, I thought "posts" was equivalent to "questions" for the most part. Guess I was wrong. – mmyers Jun 3 '10 at 14:48

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The edits probably occurred during the 5-minute window that serves as a grace period for edits in progress. Any edits that take place during that 5 minute window are not logged in the edit history.

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+1 for telling me about that /revisions bit - I've wanted exactly that sort've thing before, and now I know how to get it! – Frank Shearar Jun 5 '10 at 19:19
@Frank: Just a note, this URL works for both questions and answers. – Jon Seigel Jun 5 '10 at 19:51

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