In the first image, I've noticed the first time text like "-1 down vote favorite" written before the beginning of the question's body. It's not shown in the snippet of other questions listed in newest questions tab.

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Actual question doesn't show that text.

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Surprisingly, Google also show the same text,

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Was that a glitch or intended behavior by the system?

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    This happens when people are sloppy in their copying - this particular question was copied from stackoverflow.com/questions/32230649/….
    – user46
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 15:57
  • @Undo That makes sense. I suppose by the time I opened that question separately OP already edited and removed that text from the beginning. Because it happened in the first 5 minutes frame, there was no second revision created. Could that be the case?
    – Firelord
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 16:03

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“up vote score down vote favorite” appears at the beginning of a questions when the asker carelessly copied a question from Stack Exchange. To reiterate, this appears because it was put there by the asker.

The asker must have realized that within 5 minutes of posting (note that you saw the question when it was less than 5 minutes old). Edits made within 5 minutes of the initial posting are not tracked separately, the edit overwrites the stored initial revision; this is intended as a grace period to fix obvious problems without leaving a permanent record. You also get a grace period after an edit that was recorded. The grace period is reset by some activities such as an edit by another user, or an answer or a comment being posted.

Google indexes the site very quickly, and doesn't necessarily notice grace period edits since they don't update any timestamp, so it may keep the pre-grace-period version in its cache for a while.

  • That careless copying happens when the user tries to copy the text from bottom to beginning.
    – Firelord
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 19:46

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