Archaeological question. When looking for the oldest question on Meta, I found that


redirects to


None of the answers I see has a post number of 5, which means that that answer was deleted. But how is it possible that the answer has a lower post ID than the question?

At first I thought that the asker might have answered the question when posting it (using the "Answer your own question" checkbox), but I tried that and the answer is assigned ID questionID + 1. So that can't be why.

Similar: Back to the future (but not the same issue, since in that case the post IDs are in the expected order).

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    6? It redirects to http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2/sync-meta-user-accounts-daily-with-other-family-sites/5#5 for me... The answer with ID 5 is an answer to the question with ID 2. I don't see any reason why you'd be getting to the question with ID 6. It should just display a "this question was voluntarily removed by its author" message, because that's exactly what happened. Edit: Tested in a browser where I wasn't logged in, that's what happens. I have no IDea how you got to ID 6. – animuson Sep 25 '12 at 2:53
  • @animuson: Now it's redirecting me to #2 (deleted) as you see. Strange. – Mechanical snail Sep 25 '12 at 6:45

It's a weird post. It's written like an answer and is signed as "answered"...

...but if you aren't redirected it's displayed as a standalone question but without a title, a star button, or any views. It isn't a question though, when I send a fake request to favourite it I get this response:

Huh. It looks like the result of some error. Maybe the same thing is causing that behaviour for you.

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Looks like it has been fixed now, as https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5 now redirects to the proper page which is question #2 - https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2/sync-meta-user-accounts-daily-with-other-family-sites/5#5

Question with ID 2 simply has an answer with ID 5 and this is totally normal.

Can't see any reason why https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5 redirected you to the wrong question page - hopefully some dev can explain.

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