I recently filed what I initially thought was a bug, but was mostly user error here on Meta, and tweeted about it. Once it was pointed out to me that it was user error about 2 hours after I posted it, I deleted the question.

I've just been awarded the Announcer badge for that deleted question, which while nice from a badge point of view feels fraudulent, as most people would see the question as a broken link:


  • As an aside: it was posted Jan 4 at 10:06, and deleted 11:47, so indeed I guess the visits were not counted before it was self-deleted.
    – Arjan
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 12:43
  • Yep, I got a comment fairly quickly pointing out it was mostly user error based. Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 18:19
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    Shame, shame on you I say!
    – casperOne
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 22:01

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Yep, that doesn't make sense. We'll stop tracking referrals to deleted posts in the next build. Thanks for the heads-up.

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