The following post has been deleted and I still want to refer to the information (it is in my favorites)

How long will I be able to see this post until it is permanently purged?


In the entire history of Stack Exchange, I've only ever seen two posts that have been permanently purged. One was the "boat programming" one. The other was a very contentious "how do compilers work" question. Both questions were asked on Stack Overflow; neither should have been purged IMHO.

AFAIK it is SE's policy to keep deleted records forever (my two examples notwithstanding). But there's not a lot of information in the post you referenced; it would be easy enough to copy it somewhere, just in case.

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    Thank you... actually I was wondering a few months ago where that boat programming Q was, so I could remember why it was so popular in the early days. I guess I'll never know. Aug 20 '13 at 23:58
  • It's a shame, really. The principals considered it a question asked in bad faith. Of course, now we have football spammers, Sumar, Goma and other far more disruptive individuals to worry about. Aug 21 '13 at 0:00
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    I don't have any background on Sumar and Goma... not sure what that refers to . I've been off this site after the scope was changed refined and I got left out of the new mindset. (on a boat you might say) Aug 21 '13 at 0:02
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    Goma is this site's most notorious troll. He's currently eating a suspension until 2017.
    – user28988
    Aug 21 '13 at 0:04
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    Ironically, the boat programming question was the subject of a Stack Exchange blog entry. It was chosen as the favorite question asked during that period, until they realized that it was a joke question. Then they burned it with the fire of a thousand suns. This is the only remnant that is left. Aug 21 '13 at 0:05
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    Just a sidenote: While questions do not get purged from the database, as Robert noted, occasionally a revision (or two) that has private information will get purged upon request (yes, people sometimes post their passwords and credit card information on a public site on the internet).
    – yannis
    Aug 21 '13 at 8:15
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    @makerofthings7 For more about the boat question (including a copy of the question), you can see this MSO post: What is the boat programming meme about?
    – Rachel
    Aug 22 '13 at 17:13
  • @Rachel: All of the decent mirrors of the question died a long time ago. WebArchive only captured some of the text. Unless you know of a link that contains the entire post; that would be really cool. :) Aug 22 '13 at 17:15
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  • @makerofthings7: That's basically the same one that is linked at the post Rachel linked. Are you seeing any pictures? Maybe they're getting blocked here. Aug 22 '13 at 17:33
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    @RobertHarvey archive.org doesn't save images at all due to storage requirements
    – Izkata
    Aug 24 '13 at 2:52

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