This question: https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/12692/cooking-makes-my-clothes-smell is now giving a 404 not found error. Was it deleted? Why?

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Hey JYelton, I asked the same question in chat a little while ago - it seems the original poster deleted it. Not sure exactly why.

Edit: after speaking with you in the comments I did a little digging and found that this is, in fact, by design, as per Jeff's answer here: Is deleted question page shown as "Page Not Found"?

  • It seems odd that a deleted question would present a 404 not found error instead of some notice that it was deleted. Perhaps that is <status-bydesign>.
    – JYelton
    Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 20:44
  • I agree that it's odd, but I believe it's status-bydesign. Reading the comments on the answer on this meta question on Programmers.SE, it says that deleted questions will show a 404, even for the person who originally posted it. Or at least that's how I understand what I'm reading. "10K users can see their own deleted questions, just as they can see everyone else's, but low-rep users can't. If they try to navigate back to a question they've deleted it will fail with a 404 error." Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 21:27
  • Informative and helpful, thank you.
    – JYelton
    Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 22:30
  • No sweat - I also learned something new today :) Commented Mar 2, 2011 at 23:29

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