So I follow the Q&A forum. I just recieved a pair of notifications saying Windrider had posted this topic. However, when I click the first one, it said I didn't have permission to do that. I can access the topic normally, but my notification for it got cloned and messed up. They came at different times and seem to link to different URLs, with only the second being the correct URL.
If I were to take a guess, I'd say something went wrong with the first topic, and it was then deleted and recreated, since, as you mention, it has a different topic ID, which can only happen if a second topic was created; which would also fit the timestamp.
BZP Blade is correct. There really was no graceful way for me to do what I wanted to do, and so I did wind up making two topics and deleting the first one. This is why the first notification leads nowhere.
Sorry for the confusion, though! No glitches here - just Wind being silly like always.