Usually when a question or answer gets edited by somebody other than the person who wrote it, it says under the question who edited it. My answer at Question about the solution to Unexpected hanging paradox is not the way I wrote it and it but it doesn't even say it was edited. I know it's illegal for somebody to copy something somebody else wrote and make it look like you thought of it by yourself, so I assume it's also illegal for somebody to make it look like somebody else wrote something they wrote.

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    What are the differences? How can you verify that you're not misremembering?
    – jscs
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 16:53
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    No, it's not illegal
    – random
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 17:01
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    the timeline doesn't show any revisions. Maybe a moderator removed stuff that was not appropriate as they can redact posts. Not sure if they always leave a comment for the OP though.
    – rene
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 17:16
  • I still don't like people making it look like I wrote something I didn't write. It's possible that it was edited from my account by somebody in my house because it's a shared computer or my account got hacked.
    – Timothy
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 17:23
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    The only way an edit won't leave revision, when done by same user, is when done within 5 minutes, aka grace period. You can't blame Stack Exchange if you leave your account open without logging out. Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 17:57
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    @rene Redacting a revision still leaves a trace. You basically see an "empty" revision in the list once that happens.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 18:08
  • @adam do you have a sample for us to see? Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 18:54
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    @PatrickHofman meta.stackexchange.com/posts/279607/revisions. There are some potential variations in display here (in particular, tag-only revisions can behave a bit weirdly), but point is that any changes, especially ones that hard-delete something, leave a trace.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 19:01
  • Okay. Nice to see how it looks like. Thanks! Commented Aug 13, 2016 at 19:02

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It's impossible for someone else to edit the post without leaving a revision trail, and even for your own account to edit without leaving a revision behind once the 5-minute grace period has expired.

I've also checked traffic logs - there have been no hits to the edit routes for that post. The best I can tell you here is that you misremember what you wrote, sorry.

  • I definitely remember writing an answer different from the way it appears now. I remember what I wrote well enough that the way it appears now might be just a snippet of what I originally wrote. How can I remember something that didn't happen? Although I have no memory of it, it's slightly possible that I edited the answer later to the way it appears now then forgot about it entirely.
    – Timothy
    Commented Aug 14, 2016 at 16:39

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