I've read the FAQ on the matter, and searched for dupes, but haven't found an answer to this question:

If I @reply to a comment on my answer, and subsequently (immediately) delete my answer, will they still see the message in their inbox?

Does the presence of @user change the answer, versus an implicit notification when they were the only other user to comment on my post?

Does their in/ability to see the deleted answer as 10k make a difference for the notification?

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No, if you're a regular user. The notification goes away when the post is deleted.

If you're a moderator, the owner of that post will receive a notification if you commented on the post less than 1 hour prior to the post being deleted, or if you post the comment on an already deleted post. (I am not sure if this is true for @ replies to someone who is not the post owner).

But the answer is no for regular users.

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    The time limit does exist for comments made prior to deletion (or at least other posts say it does, but I thought it was 30 minutes). There's no time limit for notifications for comments made after deletion (tested this on a post deleted 6 years ago). I've definitely tested that moderator comments posted shortly prior to post deletion do create a notification which is not removed upon deletion of the post. I thought I'd seen another post say that limit was 30 minutes, but I haven't tested as to how long prior to post deletion the moderator's comment can be made and retain the notification.
    – Makyen
    Commented Mar 22, 2022 at 9:14

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