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.

Currently this is very rough, but pretty much all it needs is a healthy dose of CSS to look better (contributors?).

The current location is: 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. – Matthew Read Mar 7 '12 at 5:18
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    Does it? I've added "unofficial" to the text. – Greg Hewgill Mar 7 '12 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! – Matthew Read Mar 7 '12 at 5:23
  • Attribution could be clearer (on the "question" page) – Ben Brocka Mar 7 '12 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. – Greg Hewgill Mar 7 '12 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? – Greg Hewgill Mar 7 '12 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 '12 at 11:36
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    You couldn't have done this a month ago? *sigh* J/K great stuff! – casperOne Mar 7 '12 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. – Greg Hewgill Mar 7 '12 at 17:52
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    @YiJiang'sProble_: Ok, new HTML is generating now. You might recognise the styles. :) – Greg Hewgill Mar 7 '12 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? – Ellie Kesselman Apr 1 '12 at 16:04
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    What about the boat question? – Tobias Kienzler Jul 23 '13 at 14:40
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    Comments are missing ?! – Hernán Eche Apr 3 '14 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. – Colonel Panic Sep 22 '14 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. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog May 20 '19 at 3:45

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

Here are two projects that may help:

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