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Towards the bottom of the Deleted Questions page of the Help Center is the following sentence:

Note: deleted questions do not appear in search results, so you if you wish to later undelete a question that you've deleted you must have saved the URL somewhere.

The word "deleted" should be capitalized here, because of the following grammar "rule" (found here):

If the introductory phrase preceding the colon is very brief and the clause following the colon represents the real business of the sentence, begin the clause after the colon with a capital letter:

Remember: Many of the prominent families of this New England state were slaveholders prior to 1850.

The word "you" is also duplicated (thanks @animuson), so the corrected sentence would be:

Note: Deleted questions do not appear in search results, so if you wish to later undelete a question that you've deleted you must have saved the URL somewhere.

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    What about the "so you if you wish"? That bugs me a lot more than a non-capitalized letter.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 3:29
  • grammar.ccc. commienet .edu??! Keep your yellow Red hands off my language, Ivan!
    – jscs
    Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 3:31
  • I mean, uh, nice find. I didn't actually think that was ungrammatical. In fact, I think I prefer the lowercase version.
    – jscs
    Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 3:32
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    [status-too-insignificant-to-care-about]
    – Doorknob
    Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 3:32
  • @JoshCaswell: I actually greatly prefer the capitalized letter, mainly because it signifies the beginning of a sentence, which it really is in this case. It means that I can mentally ignore the beginning... But hey that's just me, lol.
    – lnafziger
    Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 3:34

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Huh. This is the first time I heard of that rule and I think it is weird, so I opted to avoid it completely and modified the beginning of that sentence (and threw the extra "you" out):

Please note that deleted questions do not appear in search results, so if you wish to later undelete a question that you've deleted you must have saved the URL somewhere.

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  • A shrewd, if not Solomonic, solution.
    – jscs
    Commented Jul 13, 2013 at 3:52

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