There was a question with the title like "This is absolutely nothing" or something like this, some days ago. The body was something like "Nothing!!!Nothing!!!Nothing!!!Nothing!!!...".

I flagged it, but after the first reload, it turned out to be a real question. What happenend there? "Nothing!!!" can't even be found in the revision list.

Was this a bug or a joke?

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    $\begingroup$ I see "nothing, etc" in the revision list. I rolled back the edit as soon as I saw this vandalization. I think I caught it within a minute or two of the initial act. $\endgroup$ – cardinal Feb 24 '12 at 17:28
  • $\begingroup$ Was it a question or nothing? $\endgroup$ – Gigili Feb 25 '12 at 11:27

There is usually a time period (I believe 5 minutes) where edits do not go into the revision list.

So if the user posted Junk, and then within 5 minutes edited the question to NotJunk, it won't show in the revision history.

You were fast enough to catch it that time period.


Some users prefer to "delete" their questions like that. Either after receiving an answer, or after coming up with their own answer.

I think it's best to rollback and leave a comment that the user should answer his own question; or flag the question for a moderator attention if you think that the thread itself should be deleted (e.g. there was no apparent activity except the OP's edit).


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