Deleted answers appear in the global inbox. The same way it used to happen with comments

Also the number of answers takes the deleted ones into account.

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    It's caused by caching. Actually, I find this behaviour rather handy for returning to deleted questions.
    – Pekka
    Nov 8, 2010 at 15:15
  • @Pekka It definitely still gives me the wrong amount of answers after refreshing. It might get handy if I ever get enough rep to see deleted answers and questions but for now...
    – DrDro
    Nov 8, 2010 at 15:24

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This appears to have been caused by some transient network issues earlier today.

There haven't been any changes around the inbox in quite a while.

  • I doubt it was earlier today, considering it was reported two months ago. Perhaps it was fixed without being marked status-completed or not fixed at all? (I don't have a test case, but I'm sure you guys do).
    – waiwai933
    Jan 16, 2011 at 19:37

Aren't the Inbox links for new comments to (deleted) answers odd as well?

Like today I got the following link for a notification of a new comment on an answer:


This gets me a 404 Not Found as Meanwhile that answer is deleted. But the question to which that deleted answer was posted has id 75056. So, despite the /questions prefix, the 75095 above refers to the id of the deleted answer, and I would expect the link to be:


But: when the answer is not deleted (or for those who can see deleted posts) the first actually redirects to the latter, using a 302 Found response. So I assume these URLs are status-bydesign?

(For new answers, the URL in the Inbox is always a proper URL of the second form.)

  • The link target is indeed a deleted answer.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jan 16, 2011 at 17:47
  • Oddly enough the link to your comment, @Jon, in my Inbox, is indeed pointing to this very answer, in a "question-like" URL using an answer id, which then does a 302 Found rewrite for a proper URL. HOWEVER: other links in that same Inbox use an answer-like URL. The latter would still work when that answer is gone. Hmmm, why two different types of URLs in the Inbox then?
    – Arjan
    Jan 16, 2011 at 17:54
  • Maybe it's because my comment is on one of your own answers? Those you can always see. Though I'm not sure why the /questions/75095 does a 404 -- I would have thought it would redirect just like the other link.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jan 16, 2011 at 17:58
  • Aha, smart thinking, @Jon. So, I guess there is some bug here, but I am not sure if the question-like URL based on an answer id should work, or that such URLs should simply not be used in the Inbox.
    – Arjan
    Jan 16, 2011 at 18:00
  • Ah, the answer-like URLs refer to new answers, while the question-like URLs (using answer ids) are used for new comments, in that Inbox.
    – Arjan
    Jan 16, 2011 at 18:03
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    I dunno. It's a tough situation given that the inbox item stays put. Either the user gets a 404, or they get directed to a page where the reply doesn't even exist, where they might be looking around for it. Now that I think about it, given those two choices, it's probably less confusing with a 404, even though that doesn't really make sense.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jan 16, 2011 at 18:03

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