Alternative and much more boring title: Should a 404 result reveal the post title?
I ran across some odd behaviour today. When manually entering a Stack Exchange URL into the address bar1, if you pick a post number that has been deleted then you still see the old post title along with the 404.
For example, I entered:
http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/34and the resolved address came back as
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3came back as
Note, I'm obviously not a 10k+ user on either of those sites, which is why they 404'd
It's not that big of a deal, but it seems like this leaks information about the site(s) that we may not want exposed.
And since a picture is worth
Stuff I probably shouldn't be able to see is highlighted.
1And why was I manually entering posts like that? Because I was trying to find a benign 404 example from Web Applications that I could share with others because I think their 404 image is hilarious.
2And where did this fabled Joel data go? Inquiring minds want to know!