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Example

Internet usage monitor software

This question is marked as a dupe, but the dupe cited has been deleted.

Should this be possible? Is it a bug or by design?

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This is by design. A question can always be deleted regardless of whether there are others who link to it as a duplicate.

Historically, linking as a duplicate was achieved by merely adding a link to a question's body. Now this is a bit different, so there could, in theory, be mechanisms that prevent you from deleting a question that is still linked to (or at least give you a warning).

  • Understood. Thank you – Dave Jul 30 '14 at 9:14
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    The problem is that once it's closed as a duplicate, no new answers can be added. Closure is supposed to direct answers to the "master" question. When the "master" is deleted, this question is still locked. Seems like a flaw in the design. In this particular case, the question is also off-topic, but that's not necessarily the case with all such questions. – fixer1234 Jun 25 '15 at 16:44

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