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While browsing questions on Meta SE, I found the following comment by Shadow Wizard.

I'm here for ~5 years, never seen even a single status-deferred becoming status-completed. By all means, it's just a different wording for status-rejected.

Is this true? Has an issue tagged ever been recategorized as ?

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    I have an experience, from status-declined to status-deferred in this MSO post. It means instead status-declined they used status-deferred in most of the cases.
    – Arulkumar
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 5:57

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Yes.

The most obvious example is Better HTTPS support for Stack Exchange sites, which was on 2011-12-21. It became on 2013-06-27 and was on 2017-05-22 when Network-wide HTTPS: It's time reached near completion.

More generally, it's possible to construct a query using the Data Explorer to find them. There are 67 questions in total which have been completed after being deferred.

The most recently deferred post that has been completed is Security hole: password change dialog doesn't ask for a user's current password, which was deferred in March 2016 and completed in October of the same year.

We can also change the query to give us the times between deferral and completion. The maximum time is almost 5 years (1,765 days) to complete Allow users to set the "base" profile that your stackexchange.com profile inherits from. The least are Could we clarify that comments entered when not interested in a Careers message will still be sent to the sender? and Profile-hover-quick-view thingy isn't loading, which were deferred and completed on the same day... probably doesn't actually count as a deferral...

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  • Doggone it, I was writing my own query to scoop you! Well played. Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 5:50
  • Sorry @Nathan! I accidentally posted the first version before I'd started writing the queries so I had to go and finish them... Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 5:56
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    @benisuǝqbackwards Your query is correct, it finds all, not most. If the body and tags are edited at the same time it ends up with two separate PostHistory entries: One for the tags, and one for the body. They'll have the same RevisionGUID but will be separate entries. Btw, your query can be simplified.
    – Jason C
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 4:26

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