I'm under 10k rep on Stack Overflow, so I can't see deleted content. I looked at this question from a meta post. When I visit the question page, I get the standard removed for moderation reasons message. But when I visit the revisions page for the post I'm able to see the revision history.

When I attempt to view revision history of other deleted questions, I get a 404 page as I would expect. It looks like this question has an interesting history being migrated, a community wiki and protected/closed/locked. Is this a bug? Or is this question special somehow?

  • The page you hit when something was migrated was changed recently. This could have been a missing test case.
    – user213963
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:05
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    Me too, and I'm even under 1000.
    – Mohammad
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:07
  • @MichaelT I have a feeling it's a bug, since I can't see the timeline page. But wasn't completely sure because of the odd history of the question.
    – Steven V
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:09
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    That's because the question was not deleted in any ordinary way. It's a "zombie", both dead and undead. :) Jan 22, 2014 at 16:11
  • @StevenV I certainly think its a bug. Just something that came out of the recent migration stub target which used to be a non-redirecting form of the page rather than the revision history. The revision history is still useful, and since its at the other site not too important, unless its closed and deleted there too (and does the origin site get notified that it shouldn't show the history?). There was some concern once about the rolling up of edits and lack of attribution (the CC license) to such edits at one point that might not be a bug but intended.
    – user213963
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:13
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    Related and possibly the cause/intent: Does the migration of edited posts violate attribution requirements? - the change likely matches the status completed... and the dev answer: "So, as of today, anyone (regardless of rep) can link back to the original site's revision history on migrated questions, even if the question has been deleted on the original site." -- so by design then?
    – user213963
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:14

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Edit histories of migrated questions are available to everyone, even on deleted questions. This insures that attribution does not get lost or obscured. See Does the migration of edited posts violate attribution requirements?

In practice, this is probably not a real issue. It's not like we're hiding the plans for the next stealth fighter behind a deletion, and casual browsing of deleted migrations is still prevented.

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    For clarification, the history is only available on deleted questions if it has been migrated. Correct?
    – Steven V
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:27
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    Yes, that's true.
    – user102937
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:32
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    Yup, can confirm that this is by-design so that attribution doesn't get lost if a migrated post is deleted on the origin site.
    – Laura
    Jan 22, 2014 at 16:34

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