This question which was referenced here just seems not to exist at all.

Even to 10K users!

What happened to it?

I thought questions do not really get deleted, but just put in a state where >10K users can see them.

Is this something new?


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A merge operation was requested for that question in May 2010 (see Can we undelete and/or merge following questions?).

At the time, merging would hard-delete the merge source, since it was considered that all the information deemed useful would become available in the merge target question.

A month later, this behavior was removed and merge stubs are now left behind on question merging, but this means nothing for previous merges.

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    Well that is a bug then. Merging should not do a hard delete! That makes very little sense...
    – Naftali
    Jul 12, 2013 at 14:05
  • Not sure how a merge works behind the scenes, but perhaps it doesn't intentionally delete it - just changes how things link together?
    – Joe
    Jul 12, 2013 at 14:06
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    "Merging may very well hard-delete the original" If that was the case before then it no longer is. But then again I was only a mod starting in late 2011, so I'm not sure if things were different before I got on board. Jul 12, 2013 at 14:06
  • @Frederic Follow up question
    – Naftali
    Jul 12, 2013 at 14:09
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    Merges and migrations used to hard delete the origin, which they no longer do but did for a short time. I can't be positive that's what happened here as there's well .. nothing to see any longer, but I'm 99.9999999% sure that's what it was. They were never hard deleted 'in theory' as they technically just 'moved' but well we saw how that went, which is why it was fixed.
    – Tim Post
    Jul 12, 2013 at 16:26

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