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I follow all questions that I voted to close. Obviously, this "Followed posts" list on my Activity page is rather longer than shorter, requiring manual clean-up from time to time. In the past, deleted questions did not appear in this list, and if I remember correctly, one could see in this list whether a question had been closed or marked as a duplicate. This is not the case now. Looking for a reason for this changed behavior, I found this Meta thread but this problem was not mentioned afaik. So, I request as a feature to implement the following (prior?) behaviors:

  1. Deleted questions should not appear in the "Followed posts" list so I don't have to manually unfollow a deleted (aka non-existing) question.
  2. Closed questions or those marked as duplicates should be shown as such in this list so I can unfollow them directly from this list without going to the question page only to find out this question has already been closed/deleted/marked as a duplicate.

As an aside: I find it also weird that when I unfollow a question from this list, it is still retained in the list until I reload the page. I think, previously an unfollowed list was immediately removed from this list.

Update: My main problem that deleted questions still appeared in my "Followed posts" list has been resolved. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Alas, update again: NOOO! After a day or two, the deleted questions reappeared in my "Followed post" lists. I hope this is just transitory.

Update three I am being told that the bug of the deleted questions being visible in my "Followed list" is a new design choice. Well, I don't have the insight of other people here but if it is a design choice, then it is not working. As of today, the deleted questions have disappeared again. Someone is flicking switches in the basement.

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    Did your reputation get to 10,000? At that point, you can see deleted questions and answers.
    – Ron Maupin
    Commented Feb 14, 2022 at 23:49
  • Unless they count this threshold +/- 10%: no.
    – Mr. T
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 0:03
  • Unless you are a moderator, I do not see how you can see deleted questions when you have less than 10,000 reputation. Understand that questions simply closed or marked as duplicate are not deleted questions.
    – Ron Maupin
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 0:16
  • It was (not the only) unintended behavior after the major December update.
    – Mr. T
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 0:18
  • Based on Adam Lear’s answer to “How do I unfollow a deleted question?”, I’d guess that it is intentional that deleted followed posts are visible on the “Following” subtab of your “Activity” tab. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 3:15
  • Based on Yaakov Ellis’s answer to “Can't unfollow deleted post”, I’d also guess that it is intentional that a deleted post is not immediately removed from your “Following” tab when it is unfollowed from there. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 3:18
  • While not specifically about the “Following” tab, there is a general request to bring back the info that questions are closed, which is marked [status-review]: Lost indication of closed / duplicate question. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 3:29
  • There is also a general bug report regarding the lack of a red background on deleted posts: Posts background on different listings do not change when the post is deleted. There is also a specific bug report regarding this issue for the “Following” tab, in particular for the dark mode on Stack Overflow: Deleted posts are no longer highlighted in the “Following” tab. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 3:32
  • Since your report here seems to be duplicated in the thread New responsive Activity page (cf. my previous comments), I’m flagging to close this post as a duplicate. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 3:37
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    @TheAmplitwist Totally different problems.
    – Mr. T
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 6:30
  • @Rob No. I can unfollow them from the "Followed post" list. This is not the problem. The problem is, as explained in the question, that I shouldn't have to do this manually - I didn't have to do this in the past, and it doesn't make sense that I have to remove a non-existent question from my list that is shown as an existent question.
    – Mr. T
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 6:35
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    In response to your first comment to me, you can see that it's the intended behavior. As for your second comment, if that's your secret to success (how you accomplish your goals, by addressing people that way), let's see how that works out.
    – Rob
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 8:18
  • I am not sure that people telling me that a bug is intended behavior is a valid answer. SO just post hoc justified what happened. But if you all accept this, well, so be it.
    – Mr. T
    Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 8:23
  • @Mr.T yes, if being told that a bug is "by design" it's valid response. Let's take a simple example. You might think that being able to click the upvote/downvote arrows on your own posts, just to be seeing "You can't vote for your own post" message, is a bug. However, that's exactly how the developers of the site meant it to be, so it's not a bug. It is the site design/UX. To change it, we should post a new feature-request question. Commented Feb 15, 2022 at 13:27

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