MetaPhile: 404 pages are misleading

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If a post or something else gets deleted, the page you see should state the content was deleted. (As done on MetaFilter. In fact, there’s a blog of nothing but deleted MetaFilter [blue] threads.) If necessary, a customized 404 page could be displayed, but that wouldn’t tell enough of the story.

Presently, a deleted page leads you to some other page, usually a calendar of events. In essence, the site lies to you: You wanted one page, but we deleted that one without telling you and have decided to show you something you didn’t want instead. It’s misleading and anti-Web.

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