Look at the related section on this question: What makes the Blackberry device and network more secure?

and it links to the following missing article: https://security.stackexchange.com/questions/2745/how-to-be-good-it-network-hacker

It was probably a low quality post and deleted... but it still shows up in the list. I'm not sure if this is indicative of a bigger issue but want to make you aware.

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    Actually the question does exist, but it is deleted as you said - that's why you get 404, only moderators can see it. Regardless, I too would see this as a bug - deleted questions should not appear in the related questions.
    – AviD Mod
    Commented Feb 10, 2012 at 13:22
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    @AviD I think you mean deleted, not closed. Closed questions are visible to everyone, even those without an account can see closed questions. Deleted questions are only visible to 10K users and diamond mods. Closed questions are displayed in the related links sidebar. However, my understanding is that deleted questions should not show up. Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 3:08
  • @ZulyGonzalez of course you're correct. Replace "closed" with "deleted". Nevermind, I will...
    – AviD Mod
    Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 17:14
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    @AviD I think you're right about it being a bug though. Deleted questions shouldn't show up in the related links sidebar. You can delete my comment, or at least edit out the part about closed vs deleted. I just wanted to clarify for everyone. Commented Feb 11, 2012 at 17:25
  • I would suggest posting (or migrating) this to Meta Stack Exchange, or checking for a duplicate question there. I'm sure this isn't just something that affects our site.
    – Iszi
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 0:10

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Related questions box show deleted questions

. Answered by Jeff Atwood:

It is possible for related questions to show a deleted question, as those lists are only rebuilt..

  • any time the question or any of its answers are edited
  • any time a new answer is provided
  • randomly 30% chance of rebuilding triggered by page view, once the question is older than 30 days
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    I hate it when they call this sort of thing status-bydesign. It's like they're saying they want the website to behave in a way contrary to what would benefit the users.
    – Iszi
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 20:01

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