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).

closed as too localized by animuson, Martijn Pieters, Brad Mace, Toon Krijthe, yoozer8 Sep 25 '12 at 20:42

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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.


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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