This question on SO (requires 10k rep) has been deleted but 2 of its answers have not been. I was under the impression that if a question is deleted, all of its answers are deleted as well.

Is that a bug, will the system catch this during a batch update, or does this not matter in the slightest? I could see this possibly becoming a problem for the data dump but I can't say for sure.


I believe it's the same reason that it is possible to post answers to closed questions: the client-side check of the question's status doesn't update that often and the server apparently doesn't check, so there's a small window of opportunity to post after a question has been closed or deleted.

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    The timestamps back this up: the deleted answer was posted seconds before the question was deleted, while the other two answers were posted shortly afterward. – Shog9 Oct 12 '09 at 17:54
  • @Shog9 - that's it, I didn't know you could view exact timestamps. That is definitely a bug then. – John Rasch Oct 12 '09 at 18:33
  • Yup. For a similar scenario involving migrated questions, see: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19208/… – Shog9 Oct 12 '09 at 18:40

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