I just stumbled upon this post10k on Gaming, which confused me a bit, at first.

So, who is this mysterious fellow with the unlinked name? A ninja? A community moderator who fell from grace somehow?

As it turns out, that was just the poster's display name before they had their account deleted.

Having a denormalized display name, but not for deletions, seems a bit weird. Shouldn't it say

  • deleted by owner, or

  • deleted by user2974


Another example for those with 10k on Stack Overflow.

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    Flagging to reopen since the dupe was deleted for some reason, anyway one important thing it cause is privacy issue: sometimes when user choose to delete his account he does not want any trace to the old display name to remain. Jul 15, 2013 at 13:52
  • @ShaWizDowArd so much deletion going on, I can't keep up! Jul 15, 2013 at 15:01
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    So, if it's a privacy issue, then it should say 'deleted by owner'. Both problems solved!
    – RobH
    Jul 15, 2013 at 16:55

1 Answer 1


Fixed in the 2013.7.17.854 release. This post:

state before update

has the same issue and can be used for verification as soon as the build rolls out to meta sites:


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