This deleted question still appears in the search results if you look for its content, e.g. when searching for "it seems they forgot to take the square root in the denominator":

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SEDE says it has been deleted on April 4th, so it can't really be a caching issue.

Note for ♦ moderators: I have a hunch that undeleting and redeleting might solve the issue; perhaps it's better for the developers' analysis to leave it like this. They do monitor s on child metas.

  • $\begingroup$ So, you're claiming that the sound advice of shouldiblamecaching is false due to caching on their part? $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ Well, if you consider ElasticSearch to be a kind of 'cache' for the real Stack Exchange database, it's definitely a caching issue. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ I prefer my search to be plastic. It's better for the environment, too, since those are easy to recycle. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 18:22
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    $\begingroup$ I get the same behavior. When I click on the second link in the question above, I also get the same $1$ result appearing. Clicking on the search results link gives me a "Page not found" response. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 28, 2019 at 21:15

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I posted about this bug on Meta Stack Exchange as well: Deleted posts still show up in search results (sometimes), since I encountered it on another site as well. A few days later, I got a response from one of the Community Managers, Shog9:

As you suspected, undeleting and re-deleting the question removed it from the index. With the original deletion so far in the past, it's hard to know why it was missed - so for now, the best we can do is fix up the immediate problem.

If you encounter any other instances of this, please let me know. Thanks!


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