Why do I sometimes see a user card under a question or answer which looks like the following?

Has the user been deleted?


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That's a profile that was deleted a long time ago. Back then the names weren't anonymised like they are now.

Now you'd see


(or whatever their id was)

  • Where can i find a discussion about that ? i mean a new rules/feature that talk about this kind of rules
    – gagantous
    Sep 17, 2017 at 12:18
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    @gagantous - here - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/88836/…
    – ChrisF Mod
    Sep 17, 2017 at 12:19
  • by curiosity, does the name appear the same way if the question get migrated to a site the op isnt member of ?
    – yagmoth555
    Sep 17, 2017 at 13:22
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    @yagmoth555 No. You will just get the normal username which is not hyperlinked. Sep 17, 2017 at 19:55

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