The original boat programming question very well known on Stack Overflow, and is now used as an expression to refer to any question that has nothing to do with programming, but is written as "as a programmer..."
However, the original boat programming question was deleted, and therefor is only viewable to users with over 10k rep.
My question is, why was the Original boat programming question deleted instead of being historically locked? That seems like it would be the appropriate thing for the question.
A historical lock preserves older content that was very popular when it was originally posted, but is now off-topic or otherwise out of scope for the site it is posted on. Historically locking a post ends the debate over whether a question should be kept on the site or deleted, and is often the final state of a question that has been deleted and undeleted more than once.
Can it be un-deleted and historically locked? I think it would be nice to be able to see the actual question that everybody is referencing.