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I found a user that have only Meta profile. Trying to open main profile via link on the meta profile page gives 404 error.

I don't think this is normal. User is currently banned in chat for 189 days:

chat-user

Parent user link refers to already mentioned 404 page.

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    They did have an account on the main site, but it was deleted (not that I know why), as can be seen from this migration history. The question now: why didn't their meta account get deleted too? – Laurel May 10 '17 at 21:55
  • Why can't I see the English version for that? Why Russian? Is Russian SO a different site altogether? – NVZ May 11 '17 at 5:47
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    @NVZ yes, there is a version of Stack Overflow is several different languages these days, Russian is one of them. There is no "English version" of these sites, each is on its own, got its own users and posts, etc – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard May 11 '17 at 6:33
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    @NVZ Stack Overflow in Russian is a part of Stack Exchange network. One of localized versions of StackOverflow, like Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese. – αλεχολυτ May 11 '17 at 6:33
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    Anyway, my best guess is that a CM nuked the user's accounts via some automated process (I see this done to spammers quite often), and that process just skips/ignores meta accounts, probably a bug/overlook as they never expected spammers to have meta accounts. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard May 11 '17 at 6:35
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    @ShadowWizard that's what my report is about. – αλεχολυτ May 11 '17 at 6:36
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That user deleted their own SOru profile back in September of last year. Clearly something went wrong and the meta profile didn't get removed. Not much point in digging into the "why" since so much time has passed, but if you see other orphaned meta profiles, please let me know.

  • Just being picky as usual, but if nothing was fixed, why status-completed? (if it can't be reproduced, think no-repro fits better) – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard May 15 '17 at 18:51
  • @ShadowWizard I removed the profile. – Adam Lear May 15 '17 at 18:59
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    @ShadowWizard no repro after fixing :) – αλεχολυτ May 15 '17 at 19:10
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    @AdamLear There appear to be about 430 other orphaned meta profiles, network-wide. – Jason C May 15 '17 at 20:58
  • @JasonC Hm. I spot-checked a few and it looks like some are left behind as a result of a deletion, some as a result of a merge. I don't see anything obviously wrong with the code (then again, if there was something obvious wrong, we'd most likely see a lot more than 430 profiles). I'm not sure this is anything to really worry about, but I'll try to dig deeper if/when time allows. – Adam Lear May 15 '17 at 23:09

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