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Questions / bug-reports get deleted on meta without notice

Today a bug on SO made all answerers appear as anonymous. There were a bunch of questions about it quickly springing up here on Meta. Some got closed as dupes (fine), but one stayed open for a while. While we were still contemplating what happened in chat, I checked other sites and found they don't have the problem. So I wanted to added that info, in case it would help to nail the bug, but oops, the question was gone. Then I checked, and the problem was gone also.

As I have said here before, attempting to change history that way is stupid. Please don't do it. What's wrong with adding and answer saying "Yes, we failed in this small detail for 4mins. It's fixed now. Sorry, we're only humans." and let the party go on?

We're all programmers here, and we all know how such things happen. You have three quarters of a million of users, no doubt thousands see a problem even if it only appears for a few minutes. Why leave them in the dark? What harm would it do to SO to admit a small problem? People put time into investigating what seems to be a bug, so why are deleting their efforts without even bothering to acknowledging that there actually was a problem?

Please stop trying to attempt to change history. It doesn't work.
The problem will be visible (in the chat, for example) for as long as this site's records are preserved, only that it now references dead meat. That stinks.


Note: This is the second time I've posted this question. The first time it was closed and deleted by Jeff very quickly. However, I was made to believe that it was closed due to me accidentally using a phrase that, while used in speech a lot, must not be written. So I edited the phrase out and posted the question again.
If this second version is still not acceptable to some rules I failed to know or remember, I kindly ask to be made aware of the problem, so that I have a chance to fix it, rather than the question being deleted without even giving me a chance to see what I did wrong.

marked as duplicate by Michael Petrotta, user149432, Shog9 Sep 12 '11 at 18:14

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  • @Michael: The OP clearly states, why he asks the Question again. – Alok Save Sep 12 '11 at 18:07
  • Are you referring to this bug? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/105882/… – ughoavgfhw Sep 12 '11 at 18:07
  • @Als: what do you mean? – Michael Petrotta Sep 12 '11 at 18:08
  • @Michael: Refer to OP's Note: It says explicitly the reason. – Alok Save Sep 12 '11 at 18:09
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    @Als: still not seeing it... This topic is discussed in the question I marked as a dupe. – Michael Petrotta Sep 12 '11 at 18:11
  • This isn't a dupe because it's about the general problem, while the other is on a specific problem (reference in this question also). – Lance Roberts Sep 12 '11 at 18:16
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    What's wrong with adding and answer saying "Yes, we failed in this small detail for 4mins. It's fixed now. Sorry, we're only humans." and let the party go on? -- Uhm, have you looked around here on Meta? There's a gazillion posts here with exactly that content. Don't be ridiculous. – balpha Sep 12 '11 at 18:17
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    It's really not, @Lance. It's inspired by the specific issue, but it contains a general discussion. "Questions / bug-reports get deleted on meta without notice... Is this behavior documented / motivated somewhere?" – Michael Petrotta Sep 12 '11 at 18:18
  • @balpha: Yes, I have looked around here. (Where do you think my disgust comes from? :)) I'm not sure how your point argues against my question, however. So since it has been done before, doesn't that raise the question even more urgently why it hadn't been done this time? – sbi Sep 12 '11 at 18:19
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    "The first time it was deleted"...oh the irony – kekekela Sep 12 '11 at 18:51
  • @eternal: Exactly my thoughts. – sbi Sep 12 '11 at 20:34

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