A few users flagged this post to our attention.
The reconstructed time-line based on users' comments seems to be:
- OP posted the question
- Some users saw the question, started to compose the answer.
- OP solved it, and so "blanked out" the question.
- The users finished writing their answer, and was surprised by the new state of the questions.
- Question was closed.
Note that steps 1 through 3 happened within five minutes of the initial posting, and so the edits cannot be traced!
At present, only the people who happened to have read the question during its few minutes of appearance know what the question said. (This of course includes the OP and the two answerers, but not other users [no, moderators cannot see the original post either].)
What would the community rather we do about this post? (And other similar situations in the future.)
In particular, we see three obvious options:
- Should we let the post be?
- Should we delete the post?
- Should we solicit one of the parties involved to re-construct the original question?
- Other ideas?
This question is not about:
- What we should say to the OP.
- Whether this 5 minute rule is a bug or a feature.
Remark: I've locked the linked post for the time being.