When we shut down a site, we don't immediately delete all the database records and burn all the microfilm. It's still kinda useful, at least for a little while:
- Any links to questions that were migrated to other sites need the information to redirect properly. This isn't usually a concern for sites that never made it out of private beta, but...
- A data dump needs to be produced. Sometimes, that doesn't quite go smoothly and it needs to be produced again.
- Sometimes, questions need to be migrated elsewhere. For instance, Gamification had 10 questions flagged when we shut it down, with folks requesting that they be migrated to CogSci. I did this after the site was shut down and the data-dump generated, because otherwise they would have been missing from the archive!
- Probably other things. Better safe than sorry.
During this time, employees still have the option to log in and poke around as need-be (for instance, to migrate questions). Abby apparently didn't know this, and was delighted to find herself with an opportunity to join you in bidding farewell to the site.
In the future, we might want to disable notifications originating on closed sites, to prevent this sort of confusion.