What happens if a "Possible Duplicate" Question is missing for a closed question.

here is the link

c# handle return value and execute code

now under Revision List

So is this a bug on SO.

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    Not a bug; the linked question was deleted. That is confusing for not 10K users, but it is otherwise working as designed. – Martijn Pieters Sep 24 '12 at 13:24
  • what if these things can be checked on delete. can be redesigned that way. – Binil Sep 24 '12 at 13:25
  • It isn't even a duplicate. The question is asking about the performance difference. The deleted duplicate is about coding-style. – Mysticial Sep 24 '12 at 13:26
  • What if we want to reopen that question? You can raise that here on Meta. We can also edit the link to no longer point to a 404, vote to delete the question, or link it to a different dupe. In any case, this needs community intervention. – Martijn Pieters Sep 24 '12 at 13:26
  • Note - the question is now reopened, to see what was going on you have to go to its Revisions list – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Sep 24 '12 at 13:31
  • @binil - They are checked on delete, you get a warning that other posts are linked to the one you vote to delete. – Bo Persson Sep 24 '12 at 16:38

Look carefully, at the revision history, and you'll notice that the question you mentioned was for some period of time (although now re-opened) marked as a duplicate of a question that later got deleted. If a question is deleted, unless you have 10k repuation or are a moderator, you will not be able to view the deleted question.

The question that had the question you mentioned as a duplicate is no longer deleted (it was undeleted).

This is not a bug, it is just that a question that was marked as a duplicate of another question had its question that it was marked a duplicate of deleted.

At this moment in the fabric of space time, the question you mentioned is no longer marked as a duplicate of the question that got deleted, and the question that got deleted is no longer deleted.

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