This spammer has about twenty accounts across the network, but their network profile shows a 404 Page Not Found. What's going on here?

I often check the network profiles of users whose posts are identified as (potential) spam by SmokeDetector in Charcoal HQ, to see if they have suspicious activities elsewhere in the network. That's why it's important that this works in edge cases too.

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    Looks like the deletion script broke halfway through; I think a fellow mod on SO tried to nuke the account (with a 1 year suspension applied first) but deletion didn't complete; the display name was cleared on SO for example but not anywhere else. Perhaps that happened while the spammer was creating other accounts? – Martijn Pieters Nov 13 at 8:43
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    Even better: their user history log is almost entirely empty. The entries that are there are from after the deletion attempt. – Martijn Pieters Nov 13 at 8:44
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    In SEDE that user doesn't exist: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/1330123 – rene Nov 13 at 11:27
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    Can someone else flag the posts on Area 51 Discussions? Does Smokey not monitor that? – Laurel Nov 13 at 15:09
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    @Laurel Smokey does monitor that, but sometimes it misses posts. Thanks for drawing my attention, I've reported them manually now. – Glorfindel Nov 13 at 15:12

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