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Is it valid for StackOverflow data to have an answer that does not have an owner? For example if you hit the following API url, it does not bring back an owner. If I look at the quarterly data dump, the OwnerUserId field is null. However if I go to the website and hit the question page ( I see a user (PHPGuy) who answered the question, but does not have a hyperlink for that user. Would this be a user who no longer is part of StackOverflow or does it mean something else?

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Yes, the user is no longer an active member of Stack Overflow. You can find more information on this page in the API docs:

This affects "shallow user" fields most frequently.
For example, this question's owner has been deleted (a very rare occurrence). An API query for that question returns no user accordingly.

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