The title is pretty self-explanatory.
Create a topic.
In another topic, have another user reference/link the topic that you have just created through the replies section of the other topic.
Have an administrator of the forum delete the other users’ reply – referencing/linking the topic that you have created, on the other topics’ replies section.
You’ll notice that in the gutter of the topic that you have created, a link leading to the deleted reply referencing/linking your topic will still be visible even though the reply has been deleted.
For A Reproducted Example:
Check out the gutter link titled: “AffedilmemTR - Turkish Localization Services” in this topic published in another forum created using Discourse software. It leads to topic reply #40 in another topic which doesn’t reference/link the topic that’s being referred to as that is the second time topic reply #40 has been created (the first time it was created, topic #40 was referencing/linking to the referred topic, but was later on deleted by a forum administrator).
Apologies in advance in the case that this non-reproducible and is a fault on the other forums’ end. I’ll be sure to notify them or send them the potential solution(s) (if there are any) to this issue if it is.