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This appears to actually be a bug. Grace Note is seeing the deleted question title in the badge description, and I am not. See Grace's answer for links and all of that fun stuff.

One of my badges on SO has a 'Reason not available' for its title. I know that it's because that question got deleted.

My suggestion:

In the case where a 'reason is not available' it should be fairly simple to find out if the question was deleted (soft deleted) or migrated (question is still there, but answers moved) and show that instead.

Instead of:

jun 29 at 21:42 Reason is no longer available


jun 29 at 21:42 Question deleted or migrated

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Reason is no longer available should become the official Motto of Meta. – Pëkka Jul 9 '10 at 14:08
Okay, I'm missing out on a feature here. Where do you see your badges' titles? I thought perhaps you meant the mouseover text for badges on your profile, but those all work for me, even for questions I know were deleted. – Pops Jul 9 '10 at 14:10
@Popular Click on the badge itself, it leads to a new page. This was just added about 4 hours ago, no big announcement other than [status-completed] here. – Grace Note Jul 9 '10 at 14:11
To save everyone else the time, I went through the timeline view of the question, and there are +32/-1 votes after the post was migrated, so that's not the issue. – Jon Seigel Jul 9 '10 at 15:26
Related:… – Andy E Jul 9 '10 at 15:33
@mmyers Thanks for removing that apostrophe. I hate when people use the wrong 'its'. I can't believe I did it. – jjnguy Jul 9 '10 at 16:51
I'll get this sorted, its actually a fairly complex fix, as I need a different message for questions and answers. So I need to add new badge reasons types ... long story, anyway Ill sort it next week. – waffles Jul 10 '10 at 6:35
@Waffles, thanks for the response. – jjnguy Jul 10 '10 at 15:56
@waffles Mighty long "week" you have there... – Doorknob Feb 7 '13 at 22:20

Soft deleted posts still show up on the listing, at least as far as I've seen. For example, see this deleted question that yielded this badge. At least, I'm assuming that's a deleted question, from the fact that I get the 404 page at <10k, and there's a badge attributed to that question.


On some review, it seems there are a number of badges where there's "Reason is no longer available" when the reason is still alive and kicking. I noticed this on the Gaming Beta, more than half the people with Nice Answer badge on the Meta have that listed, but all of them have a valid post. I haven't checked the other Trilogy sites, but given jjnguy's report for his own Good Question badge, I'm inclined to believe there's something fishy in the storage.

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Well, none of my posts should be hard deleted. My one Good Question badge was for a post that was migrated to meta. – jjnguy Jul 9 '10 at 14:16
It is shown as No Longer Available. – jjnguy Jul 9 '10 at 14:18
@Justin Don't know what to say. It's two separate behaviors being given to the same scenario. – Grace Note Jul 9 '10 at 14:23
Hey, @waffles, what's going on? – jjnguy Jul 9 '10 at 14:30
@Grace, yeah I can see the question your badge is linked to. – jjnguy Jul 9 '10 at 14:35
@Justin Could you check this user for me? I think that might be a Great/Famous Question badge pair that matches your scenario, but I can't tell if there just is no record or if there's a deleted question or not. – Grace Note Jul 9 '10 at 17:00
@Grace, what do you want me to check? – jjnguy Jul 9 '10 at 18:19
@Justin I wanted to see if you could find a deleted stub for a Great and Famous Question by that user - there's 2 badges with the same "Reason No Longer Available" and I wanted to see if it matched your scenario. I don't know how easily you can see the deleted posts from a user, but I'm hoping it's something of an option. – Grace Note Jul 9 '10 at 18:20
The way I knew in my case was because I was very familiar with the question that got deleted. I was able to search in google for the deleted question's title and find it that way. Otherwise I dunno how you could find which question those badges were (or should be) tied to. – jjnguy Jul 9 '10 at 18:41
@Justin Hm, I see. Well, guess we're out of luck, then. – Grace Note Jul 9 '10 at 18:45

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