Have you ever wanted to view a deleted question even if you don't have the required 10k rep for it?

All you need is the link:

Take for instance a question from the deleted meta questions archive like
Envelope lighting up arbitrarily and unpredictably.

Take the link:


Replace questions with posts and add an edit to the end


Open that link and you can see the question. That is a bug, right?

I noticed it because I clicked on the edit button of a question that got deleted while I viewed it and I could still open the edit dialog.

PS: I could not get it work for answers though. But maybe someone else has more luck...

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    it's a feature – Sam I am says Reinstate Monica Apr 2 '13 at 20:28
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    Best feature ever! – Hugo Dozois Apr 2 '13 at 20:29
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    Can we please get this question deleted before anyone from the team sees it? – sbi Apr 2 '13 at 20:32
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    @sbi - Too late. Already posted to all devs to see ;) – Oded Apr 2 '13 at 20:34
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    It doesn't work for all of them. For example, all this gets me is a plain-text message saying This post is locked and cannot be edited. – sbi Apr 2 '13 at 20:36
  • @Oded: But do they have the rep necessary to see this question once it's deleted? :) – sbi Apr 2 '13 at 20:37
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    @sbi - Devs have diamonds, they don't need no stinkin' rep – Oded Apr 2 '13 at 20:38
  • @Oded: You are disappointing. Why do you think I added a smiley to that question of mine?! – sbi Apr 2 '13 at 20:39
  • @sbi Same thing. – Kermit Apr 2 '13 at 20:39
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    @sbi - It's April 2nd. I lost my sense of humor when the date line crossed over. – Oded Apr 2 '13 at 20:40
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    @Oded: You poor sod! What can we do to help you find your lost sense of humor? – sbi Apr 2 '13 at 20:42
  • @sbi - A bottle of a good peaty single malt has been known to bring my cheer up. – Oded Apr 2 '13 at 20:43
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    For those who're worried that this was uncommon knowledge... It's been known and documented for a good while now; you need to have edit rights on the post you want to view for it to work though. See also: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/125828/… – Shog9 Apr 2 '13 at 20:44

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