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Please show a deleted notification when browsing to the direct URL of a deleted question. I find it vary annoying when I'm watching a question (pressing F5 every hour or so), and it simply disappears. I know that it was there, but now I'm treated to a page not found error like I typed something random into the browser. I'd don't need the explanation as to why it was deleted, although that would be nice.

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Well, if you view the 404 page..


You'll note that it already says

Occasionally questions or answers may be removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of moderation: spam, off topic, abuse, etcetera.

almost all the time, the post was deleted by the author, by the way... it's very rare for it to be editorial or spam.

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I realize that the scenario is mentioned. That's why I'm assuming that the question was deleted. It's misleading, and I normally come to SO for clarity. – chilltemp Aug 31 '10 at 21:58
Still, there is no way to tell whether one got the URL wrong, or a question used to be there and was deleted. It would be nice to have some distinction – Pëkka Aug 31 '10 at 21:58

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