I just stumbled over this answer which appears to be accepted:

When trying to view when it was accepted, it's stuck for all eternity in "loading when this answer was accepted..." for the simple reason the page it requests returns 404. (literally)

There is no accept event in the question timeline as well.

At first I thought it's because the question author got deleted but checking other question with deleted OP who accepted an answer proved me wrong. (link to request)

I also tried looking at Jeff reputation tab around the relevant date but there are only upvotes.

So, what went wrong here?

  • The quick answer is that there is no history record for the accept (checked the DB). The real question is why... – Oded Jul 8 '13 at 13:10
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    Back then Jeff was desperate for Meta rep @Oded? Add to that the full access and.... /tinfoil-hat. – Bart Jul 8 '13 at 13:12
  • No idea how to tag this now... – Oded Jul 8 '13 at 13:16
  • @Oded I'll tag this as status-zombified! – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jul 8 '13 at 13:22
  • [status-reproduced]: "something's wrong but we have no idea what" tag, according to animuson – Antony Jul 8 '13 at 13:23

Old bug.

Accept votes used to be deleted with the question owner - by mistake. Looks like this is one of the answers caught by that bug.

I have searched but cannot find the bug report (though it may have not been reported...).

  • Can you restore the data somehow? If not, can you unaccept the answer? – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jul 8 '13 at 13:25
  • I think this is essentially this bug, except that the implementation has changed slightly since then. – Tim Stone Jul 8 '13 at 13:29
  • @TimStone - Looks like it. – Oded Jul 8 '13 at 13:30
  • @ShaWizDowArd - That data is lost for eternity. I don't know about unaccepting the answer, just for this. – Oded Jul 8 '13 at 13:31
  • @Oded oh well, guess we can live with that. status-norepro then? – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jul 8 '13 at 13:36
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    Is there anything you don't know @TimStone? – Bart Jul 8 '13 at 13:49
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    @Bart I have this persistent cough that I and my doctor can't figure out the source of, does that count? – Tim Stone Jul 8 '13 at 14:18

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