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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    Looks like someone really didn't want that duplicate to stick around... – Frédéric Hamidi Jul 12 '13 at 14:00
  • Looks like a feature reqeust in the making: Make the dead part(s) of a merged question point to the new. – user213634 Jul 12 '13 at 14:06
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    @AndersUP I think I should make a new question though for it... – Naftali aka Neal Jul 12 '13 at 14:06
  • @AndersUP Follow up question – Naftali aka Neal Jul 12 '13 at 14:09

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

Merging may very well hard-delete the original, since all the information deemed useful arguably becomes available in the merged question.

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    Well that is a bug then. Merging should not do a hard delete! That makes very little sense... – Naftali aka Neal Jul 12 '13 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 '13 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. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 12 '13 at 14:06
  • @Frederic Follow up question – Naftali aka Neal Jul 12 '13 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 '13 at 16:26

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