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Hello, I recently went searching meta for a question about the markdown engine and stumbled upon a question instead about the markdown editor. I read into it and wound up at the blog: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/01/wmd-editor-reverse-engineered/

In that blog post is this question: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/406132/reverse-engineering-the-wmd-editor which yields a 404 on stackoverflow.

I can't quite imagine why such a question would be deleted. So why was it?

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It's a bit meta, isn't it? Jeff Atwood says in one of the answers that it was only moved to SO to get greater exposure. But it is, in fact, "Not a Real Question." – Robert Harvey Feb 4 '11 at 22:49
    
@Rob I'm not 10k, so I couldn't read the question's text. Even if it wasn't a real question, why not have it undeleted and closed instead? – Earlz Feb 5 '11 at 2:20
    
Closing a question really means it's eventually deleted. There is a two day grace period between the time a question is closed and it is voted for deletion, but that's what it amounts to. This particular question was closed by a moderator, but it was deleted by community vote. The deletion message reads: deleted by SilentGhost, bmargulies, Roger Pate May 20 '10 at 19:18 – Robert Harvey Feb 5 '11 at 2:52
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It was a convenient discussion and wiki spot for reverse engineering the markdown engine since the author wasn't easy to contact.

It served its purpose, and is now only available to 10k+ reputation users as a historical artifact, but is not of any use to the programming community at large and thus doesn't belong on SO.

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