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What code would you have on your wedding cake? (old URL)

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Where has this question gone? It was closed as off-topic, but it was popular so did not get deleted. Since now we have programmers.SE, I flagged it and suggested moving to p.SE. However the next day the page disappeared without information.

Anyway, I also flagged another question, Career advice: I am best at what I hate most, and that SO link now automatically redirects to a p.SE question.

What is going on here? Can we get the wedding cake question back? It's funny and popular as well

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It was deleted it two days ago. Jeff cast the final vote; since he's a mod, that vote overrode the question's large number of upvotes. –  Michael Petrotta Dec 25 '10 at 4:50
    
If you are searching for some birthday ideas you might want to check this other old famous question –  systempuntoout Dec 25 '10 at 14:02
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@systempuntoout: The cake is a lie. –  Andrew Grimm Feb 28 '11 at 12:21
    
Link doesn't work anymore. –  em3ricasforsale Dec 28 '11 at 15:45
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The question was deleted, 10k+ users can see it :-P –  Rocket Hazmat Dec 28 '11 at 21:21
    
The post was undeleted on Mar 8 '12 at 16:53. Since then, it is back, exactly where it was. –  Daniel Daranas Jul 11 '13 at 15:42

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See discussion at

Programmers is about to go live, which questions should we migrate?

I am casting the final vote for "delete" on some of these questions that have run their course and have no lasting value.

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Awww man. They should at least be archived statically somewhere in a reliable place. –  Pëkka Dec 25 '10 at 12:33
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-1: deletion without archiving makes no sense for those popular questions. See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/73226/… –  VonC Dec 25 '10 at 16:21
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Jeff, I cannot believe your soul is so dry. –  Mark Ransom Dec 26 '10 at 6:04
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I added a rebuttal that does not contain any personal attacks. I hope you'll come back to read it. –  Mark Ransom Dec 28 '10 at 6:31
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wow, very disappointing. –  Epaga Feb 28 '11 at 15:42

The goal of the StackExchange series of sites is not a secret, it's repeated over and over. Here's a snippet from the latest blog entry (emphasis from the original):

We believe our mission as a company is to make the internet better

While you might convincingly argue that the question did not fit the charter of the site, I believe that it did indeed make the internet better, and the internet is now poorer without it. We do not live by facts and figures alone.

Edit: The page was restored in March 2012 with a "Historical Artifact" lock, as described in the blog post http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/03/reputation-and-historical-archives/. The internet feels much better now.

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Good point: deleting those questions from SO makes sense because it makes SO a better place (plus, it is Jeff's site: his rules. No issue there). But it certainly don't make Internet a better place, because said questions were an important part of Internet (thousand of views, hundreds of votes). simply deleting them without archiving them somewhere else is in direct contradiction with the core mission of SO team. –  VonC Dec 28 '10 at 8:45

If you're actually just looking for the content that was once in that question, it's in the Wayback Machine:

http://web.archive.org/web/20090330130858/http://stackoverflow.com/questions/686216/what-code-would-you-have-on-your-wedding-cake/686341

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