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About an hour ago I posted an answer to this question. When I viewed the question there were no answers. About thirty minutes later, I viewed the question again and saw that this time there was an answer that had been accepted. And that answer had been posted 4 hours ago. And there was a comment by the OP thanking him for his answer, 30 minutes before I had posted mine. There wasn't a whole lot of time either between when I viewed the post and when I posted an answer, no more than 10 or 15 minutes. I deleted my answer because it didn't really add to the accepted answer.

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I checked the answer, but I didn't check the question!

You're right, there was no answer on the question when you answered it. That's because you were answering a different question. The merge happened shortly after you posted your answer.

I'm concluding that your answer was on the merge-from question, as the other answer doesn't have merge history in it and you have a revision on the other question. My guess is, when you went to re-look at the question, you did it by visiting your answer. That now directs to the merge-to question, so it looks very awkward indeed.

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The timestamp of my answer was 15:16:16. I couldn't have viewed the question until after 14:00:00, as that was the time I showed up at the office to use the computer I viewed it with. – YWE Nov 18 '10 at 16:27
@YWE That is very curious, then. Stack Overflow doesn't implement a blocking system (it's been declined several times in the past), so I can't even guess what would cause it. I'm not even sure how one might try to reproduce this issue. – Grace Note Nov 18 '10 at 16:39
@Grace: Check this out and tell me if you see that I deleted and undeleted the post: stackoverflow.com/posts/4173716/revisions – Jon Seigel Nov 18 '10 at 17:54
@Jon Aye, I do see it. That was also the first thing I checked on the answer, it wasn't deleted/undeleted. – Grace Note Nov 18 '10 at 17:56
@Grace: Yeah. I wasn't sure if other users could see the delete/undelete events. Thanks. – Jon Seigel Nov 18 '10 at 17:59
There you go. Nice find. +1 – Jon Seigel Nov 18 '10 at 18:01
Thanks. I had no idea about merges. – YWE Nov 18 '10 at 18:21

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