When I delete an answer of my own due to the fact that it is incorrect, which someone else pointed out in the comments section of my answer, I frequently reply to that user using the familiar @user confirming that they were right. After that, I remove my answer.

My question is: does that user, whom I addressed using @user, still gets (part of) my reply in his inbox, even though my answer is removed after a few seconds I replied to him/her?

  • Post deleted. Did you see the comment in your inbox? – Adam Lear May 28 '11 at 16:13
  • @Anna, nope, the only new message was your "Post deleted. Did you see the comment in your inbox?". Thanks for testing. Rebecca is right! :) – Bart Kiers May 28 '11 at 16:15
  • -1 for questioning whether Rebecca is right! Just kidding. mostly – Jeff Atwood May 31 '11 at 5:05

No. When a post is deleted, that will cause the comment to be deleted from the inbox the next time the inbox is updated. There may be a small duration where the inbox notification will be visible if the user happens to be around right then, but that is just temporary until the inbox is refreshed.

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    Though of course, please feel free to test with Anna. (: – Rebecca Chernoff May 28 '11 at 15:57
  • I should've waited 3 minutes for a definitive answer. :) – Adam Lear May 28 '11 at 15:59
  • @AnnaLear, no harm in a demo! (: – Rebecca Chernoff May 28 '11 at 16:01
  • Rebecca, thanks, as you can see, Anna's test proved you're right! – Bart Kiers May 28 '11 at 16:16
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    @BartKiers, whew! (; – Rebecca Chernoff May 28 '11 at 16:26
  • this needs a bit of updating since mod comments are immune to this – Jeff Atwood Jun 28 '11 at 3:07

Let's find out. Comment on this answer. I'll respond and then delete it.

Conclusion: my response to Bart did not appear in his inbox after the post was deleted.

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