It seems that when an answer is implicitly deleted along with the parent question, it loses its checkmark. This, coupled with the fact that the timeline view is broken for deleted questions, makes it impossible to tell what the accepted answer to a deleted question used to be.

If, on the other hand, only the accepted answer is deleted, it retains the checkmark.

I recently had an old question deleted, and neither the +2 rep to me or the +15 rep to the answerer (9 upvotes + accept) were revoked, so it looks like the answer is still technically accepted.

The public data dump (literally from the day before it was deleted) confirms used to confirm that I had accepted an answer. Yet here it is, without checkmark and all.

  • Do you have a link to such a deleted question, lacking the checkmark on the accepted answer? I don't believe I've seen this. Mar 17, 2012 at 12:24
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  • @CodyGray Yes, but most people here won't be able to see it because it's not on SO.
    – a cat
    Mar 17, 2012 at 12:26
  • @JeremyBanks Okay, so maybe it doesn't always happen. Or maybe this one is the exception? Who knows.
    – a cat
    Mar 17, 2012 at 12:40
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    Hmmm interesting, I can look at special casing this when the question it also deleted, will take a look Monday. Mar 17, 2012 at 14:52


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