With a modified version of my so-static tools, along with all the historical data dumps, I've made an archive of all deleted questions (and their answers) from Stack Overflow.

The site is no longer live but archived location is: https://web.archive.org/web/20180317053811/http://stackoverflow.hewgill.com/

Here's the top five:

1240 What should a developer know before building a public web site?
913 I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program.
840 What's your favorite "programmer" cartoon?
831 What is your best programmer joke?
695 Senior programming 'guru' who can't program - should I find a different career?

Note that some of the questions identified as "deleted" were actually migrated to a different site and then deleted from SO (the first one is an example of this).

No attempt has been made to archive linked media such as images.

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    I'd put "unofficial" in the title of this or something, it seems misleading.
    – user154510
    Mar 7, 2012 at 5:18
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    Does it? I've added "unofficial" to the text. Mar 7, 2012 at 5:21
  • Just because they've talked about an official archive. I assumed this was it from the title before clicking through, anyways. Thanks!
    – user154510
    Mar 7, 2012 at 5:23
  • Attribution could be clearer (on the "question" page)
    – Ben Brocka
    Mar 7, 2012 at 5:26
  • Oh, I didn't know there was talk of an official one. All I knew about was meta.stackexchange.com/questions/61221/… and related ones. Mar 7, 2012 at 5:26
  • @BenBrocka: I've used the same code I already had for generating the Kindle books, so it's fairly compact. What might you suggest? Mar 7, 2012 at 5:28
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    I thought I'd have a go at the CSS thing, but the markup is terrible. Any chance you'll clean up the markup to standard HTML and add some hooks (id or class) for the CSS?
    – Yi Jiang
    Mar 7, 2012 at 11:36
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    You couldn't have done this a month ago? *sigh* J/K great stuff!
    – casperOne
    Mar 7, 2012 at 13:59
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    @TheLQ: Deleted questions have never been part of data dumps. However, deleting a question doesn't reach out and change the old data dumps that currently exist on my hard drive. Mar 7, 2012 at 17:52
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    @YiJiang'sProble_: Ok, new HTML is generating now. You might recognise the styles. :) Mar 7, 2012 at 19:06
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    Yes, it is nice work! @GregHewgill This is probably excessive, but I don't supposed you were considering, possibly, doing this for any other StackExchange sites? Apr 1, 2012 at 16:04
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    What about the boat question? Jul 23, 2013 at 14:40
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    Comments are missing ?! Apr 3, 2014 at 14:46
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    @GregHewgill thank you for saving these for posterity. It's sad when a site deletes popular content that the community has contributed in good faith. Sep 22, 2014 at 20:57
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because following a server change, the owner of this archive has taken this down. See here for more info. May 20, 2019 at 3:45

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I'll answer the question I see in the question ("contributors?") regarding CSS.

Here are two projects that may help:


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