Couple of days ago I started noticing deleted questions appearing in search results. At first I thought it was mod vision (moderators can search for deleted posts) but today when I happened to search in porn incognito mode:

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The circled question10K+ link was deleted on February 9 and it really shouldn't be in the search results.

  • I can confirm that I'm seeing the same phenomenon too.
    – user53019
    Mar 4, 2013 at 15:41

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A bad shard was in play here with 12,230 bad documents...well not necessarily bad, but some aged and didn't update afterwards due to an ID mismatch on the mapping. The offending shard and replica has been nuked from existence and the content re-indexed. Searches should no longer contain deleted content.

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