On a comment of a post I read recently, I found out that you can go to any deleted post, and if you really want to see the post, you can force it into edit mode. If you turn the question part of the url into posts, and substitute the question title for /edit onto the back end of the link, you have got yourself viewing a deleted question. For example, turn this link


giving this result

404 page

into this link


giving this result

Not 404 page

You can view the question in a less efficient way. You can't see the poster or the answers or any of that other fun stuff, but I am still pretty sure this shouldn't happen. As animuson suggested in the comments, it might only occur for registered users, but it works on other sites as well


This does not work on MSO

As noted by Seth in the comments, you have to have the Retag privilege in order to use this bug.

I am pretty sure this has been posted on meta before, but I can't find it, so mark it as a duplicate so that I have something to reference

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    Hrm. I get "This post is deleted and cannot be edited."
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 2:43
  • Yep. Although it's a single line of plain text, not a full page or anything... Maybe the hack only works for registered users?
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 2:44
  • @animuson I can see the whole question. It looks just like the normal edit screen Commented May 9, 2013 at 2:46
  • You have an account there. I don't.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 2:47
  • I have confirmed this on StackOverflow. This link points to a deleted question, but this link leads to the edit page. Curiously, the edit link suggests that my edits need to be peer reviewed.
    – user206222
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 2:53
  • This is actually a duplicate.
    – Daedalus
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 2:55
  • @Daedalus that would be why I said it was a duplicate. Stack Exchange doesn't have the best search feature Commented May 9, 2013 at 2:56
  • @CodyGuldner Either way, here's the original question: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/99593/…
    – Daedalus
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 2:57
  • @Daedalus This is regarding the legitimate editing of posts that are being viewed by 10K users, not the illegitimate viewing of deleted posts Commented May 9, 2013 at 3:02
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    @animuson This only works if you have the retag privilege or higher on the specific site.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 3:17
  • @animuson Hmm... I get the "deleted, can't be edited" message on Game Development, where I have ~250 rep... Interesting
    – Doorknob
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 3:18
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    @Doorknob You actually have 249 rep. And to my knowledge, the retag priviledge is awarded at 500 rep Commented May 9, 2013 at 3:20
  • @Cody Ah, close enough, I was too lazy to check. :P So you have to have 500+ rep to use the hack? EDIT: oh okay, I just read all the comments.
    – Doorknob
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 3:22
  • @CodyGuldner I don't see how I could have seen that; your question above describes the same thing in the linked post; it makes no mention of 10k users, or the legitimacy of the action.
    – Daedalus
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 3:23
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    I can do it on MSO, so it certainly works here too. I get a 404 on the music link to though (I don't have an account there, much less 500 rep).
    – ɥʇǝS
    Commented May 9, 2013 at 3:24


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