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What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean?

As the heading states, Do other users see my answer even if I delete it? I never really understood it.

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@Mat,@TimPost, A question that is barely 10% duplicate is closed as an exact duplicate. –  Tabrez Ahmed May 31 '12 at 11:55
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@ahmedtabrez: I don't understand your comment. This question is answered in the FAQ linked. The fact that the FAQ has lots more information is irrelevant. –  Mat May 31 '12 at 11:58
    
@Mat, but the faq is too subjective. This question is a one liner. Well, no problem now... anyhow the question is cosed... –  Tabrez Ahmed May 31 '12 at 12:05
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@ahmedtabrez: FAQ is subjective? What do you mean by that? Do you really think we should split out each faq Q&A into as many Qs and As as there are lines in them? Consolidated doc is much better. –  Mat May 31 '12 at 12:06
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Yes users with 10k rep see the answers even though it is deleted.

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But we still can go though the edits history and look at original content. Or we cant? –  om-nom-nom May 31 '12 at 11:26
    
yes you can still do that, if you want. The dashes just remove the answer from immediate viewing for 10k rep users –  bluefeet May 31 '12 at 11:26
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The dashes are considered content vandalism, and that's a suspension worthy offence. –  Yannis May 31 '12 at 11:31
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@YannisRizos even for deleted answers? I am talking about the dashes in deleted answers not in actual content. If is a suspension worthy offense then there are a lot of high rep users on SO that would be suspended. –  bluefeet May 31 '12 at 11:31
    
Yes. I don't think it's a rule that's often enforced on SO, however on SE 2.0 sites it is, defacing a post is not a good habit, even if deleted. The reasoning is that even a deleted post can be edited and undeleted, and it should be available to reviewers at its best possible form. There's even a ready made suspension template for content defacement. –  Yannis May 31 '12 at 11:37
    
@YannisRizos well that is good to know I was not aware that it was a suspension worthy offense. I will remove that as a part of my answer. Sorry for posting that –  bluefeet May 31 '12 at 11:38
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It's probably never enforced on SO because nobody flags deleted posts unless they want them restored. However, I'm not going to raise an eyebrow if someone deletes their own answer and replaces it with something like 'Totally missed the point of the question' or 'Shucks, someone beat me to it', etc. The content is still there if it's needed, and I'm not going to force someone to leave an embarrassing answer out on display for everyone with 10k :) –  Tim Post May 31 '12 at 11:42
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If I decide to remove an answer within the initial grace period, I usually deface it as well. It may not be polite, but I don't really care and it's not like others can do anything about it. –  lunboks May 31 '12 at 11:43
    
Deleted answers aren't visible to the majority of people that visit the site to begin with @lunboks, it's quite a bit different from rage quitting and defacing all your stuff that everyone can see. –  Tim Post May 31 '12 at 11:44
    
@TimPost thanks for the explanation. I always wondered about it, there are sometimes I answer quickly (not fully reading the question during a multi-task moment) only to want to plant my head in the ground when I realize how far off I was. And then I know that my poor answer is still around and think 'Doh I am dumb today let me give back my nerd card' –  bluefeet May 31 '12 at 11:47
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@bluefeet We have a hard enough time policing visible content on SO. We're not going to lose sleep over what someone does with content that has been deleted. Don't worry about it :) –  Tim Post May 31 '12 at 11:49
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