I'm reposting my from the Follow feature announcement as I was asked to by @YaakovEllis in a comment:

Can you please add this as a feature request in a separate post. No longer tracking things here.

Please add the ability to follow deleted posts; from this comment it appears it was planned (the button appeared) but dropped:

The follow button is no longer available on deleted posts – Yaakov Ellis♦

There's a couple reasons why one may want to follow deleted posts which they weren't following before (so not related to this current bug): checking if the author revamped the post, to possibly cast an undelete vote on it, etc.

Related question: if I follow a post that is later deleted, do I get a notification about it? I'm not sure if deletions are covered by the "notices":

you will get inbox notifications for all new answers (in the case where you followed a question), comments, edits, and notices.

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    I’d also like to be able to follow locked posts in case they get unlocked later. – user289905 Jul 7 at 17:53
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    The corollary to this would be the ability to unfollow posts that have been deleted (or locked). Something that's been reported as a related problem. Perhaps allowing one would automatically allow the other. – Jason Bassford Jul 7 at 20:59
  • It would also be nice if we could unfollow deleted posts. – Ollie Sep 24 at 13:31

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