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I just tried to visit the profile of an MSO user, but it turns out that that user recently deleted his account, so I got the "Page Not Found" page. It looked like this:

screenshot of Page Not Found page header with missing links

The "log out" and "tools" links were missing from the top bar. I know the site knows who I am because I've been logged in all day with no issues and the badges/privileges banners are still there.

The same behavior occurs on questions that don't exist, except that I don't always see the badges/privileges banners on those.

Here are a sample nonexistent user page and a sample nonexistent question.

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Related reports for other pages that have the issue. The issue is a lack of initializing the user. – Grace Note Nov 16 '10 at 18:10
    
Thanks, @Grace. My search focused a bit too heavily on "Page Not Found." – Pops Nov 16 '10 at 18:17
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Correct, this is too expensive to do on all page not found pages. Sorry.

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