Thunderbird won't ask for NNTP password—how to fix?

A few minutes ago, this question was shown at the top of my in-box and highlighted as new. I looked and saw that the last change was eight months ago. Then it was removed from the in-box.

Bug? Gremlin? Some sort of system reminder to look at it?

  • My guess. Somebody submitted a comment and it was deleted before you viewed it
    – Ramhound
    Aug 10, 2016 at 11:11
  • Maybe it was upvoted?
    – Burgi
    Aug 11, 2016 at 18:26
  • No, votes go on the rep list. Responses go in the inbox.
    – WGroleau
    Aug 11, 2016 at 19:47

1 Answer 1


It is possible that there was either a spam post or "me too" answer submitted and it was removed by the time you viewed the question. It is not at all uncommon for questions to be wrongly resurrected that way but the review queue normally sorts them out quite quickly.

  • Accepted as the probable answer.
    – WGroleau
    Aug 10, 2016 at 18:17
  • I just checked and there are no deleted answers on the question.
    – Ben N
    Aug 10, 2016 at 21:26
  • @Ben N: Perhaps spam answers get deleted completely when the relevant user is permanently banned?
    – James P
    Aug 11, 2016 at 7:16
  • Checking in the data explorer it seems that even spam answers don't get completely removed from the database. Perhaps Ramhound was right and it was a comment instead.
    – James P
    Aug 11, 2016 at 9:18
  • 10K+ users can always see all deleted content (unless it was manually removed for legal reasons, which is a super rare occurrence). The inbox item was probably from a comment :)
    – Ben N
    Aug 12, 2016 at 1:42

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