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I was looking for this question, so I searched "salt bridge". The search results were empty, though I can see the post itself (I have a ♦ on the site).

/tools?s=1&tab=delete&daterange=today and /admin/recently-self-deleted are still caching (22 minutes, but still caching), so the question has effectively disappeared.

Anyway, the /tools?s=1&tab=delete&daterange=today and /admin/recently-self-deleted aren't searchable.

Can't 10k/♦ users get the option(not enabled by default) to view deleted questions via search?

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Moderators have access to a search operator that will enable searching of deleted questions and answers.

  • deleted:0 returns no deleted posts (default)
  • deleted:1 returns only deleted posts
  • deleted:all returns any post matching the rest of the query, deleted or otherwise.

Example: "salt bridge" deleted:1 should produce a result, provided you have moderator rights on Chemistry.SE.

Users with the “moderator tools” privilege (10k rep on graduated sites, 2k on beta sites) can also now use these operators, but this only returns their own deleted posts, not other users'.

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Hmm, why did I never notice that? I have all the other search operators memorized... :/ – Manishearth May 31 '12 at 1:34
    
One of those things that should be in a list somewhere...I had to tell @Won't about this a while ago – Ben Brocka May 31 '12 at 2:01
    
Linked to it in the mod faq, @Ben. – Shog9 May 31 '12 at 2:15

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