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Consider the following scenario:

  1. User A writes a comment to User B, or answers the question of User B.
  2. This could ping user B, i.e. (s)he would see the comment in his inbox.
  3. However, User B is not logged in at the time.
  4. The ping is made deleted:
    • the answer of User A (to User B's question) is deleted
    • the comment of User A (to User B's post, or by mentioning @UserB) is deleted
    • the post which is commented by User A, is deleted (but not the comment)
  5. After that, User B logs in.

Will he see the ping in his/her inbox?

If User B is a 10k+ user, in theory (s)he would see User A's answer, and also his comment, if it wasn't deleted. If User B is a diamond moderator, (s)he could even see User A's deleted comment.

I think, the most logical way would be, if User B would see the ping if and only if (s)he could see the post or comment addressed to him(she). But how does it actually work?

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    I thought everyone did. It's really annoying when you cannot read the post. – Journeyman Geek Sep 24 '17 at 12:53
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    Well you’re describing a few different scenarios... some of which is answered here: meta.stackexchange.com/q/231668/307988 – Cai Sep 24 '17 at 13:45
  • @Ramhound I think it may be sub-optimal, although so they will at least know, that a reaction to his/her post existed. – peterh - Reinstate Monica Sep 24 '17 at 18:29
  • @Cai Thanks, it helps a lot, and also Ramhound's comment. – peterh - Reinstate Monica Sep 24 '17 at 18:30