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I deleted this answer back in March, but it is still visible (although greyed out and labeled with the tag deleted by owner Mar 20 at 20:07). Can others see this too, or is it only visible to me because I was the author? (I also have a second post on that page that was selected by the OP as the answer; I'm not talking about that one.)

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I can see your answer! –  Won't Jul 14 '12 at 14:52

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It's visible to you, developers, moderators and anyone with 10k+ reputation. From the "Moderator Tools" privileges page:

Once a post has been deleted, it will disappear for all users except developers, moderators, and other fellow users with this privilege.

I, for example, can see the deleted answer you link to in your question, since I have over 10k repuation on SO.

As noted in the comments, however, 10k+ users cannot see the deleted post unless they visit the question page directly. For example, this is what I see when I look at your recent answers:

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As you can see, only your other answer on that question shows up.

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So does that mean there is no way to completely delete it? Do moderators have the privilege to delete answers completely? –  kmote Jul 13 '12 at 14:22
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@kmote: As far as I know, not even moderators can do that. Delevopers can, but they do so rarely. If there's something you must have deleted (e.g., if accidentally posted sensitive information), you can send an email to request deletion. –  Dennis Jul 13 '12 at 14:24
    
No, it is a very rare circumstance for content to be deleted completely. But note that 10K+ users can only see the content with a direct link, it does not show up in your answer history on your profile. Developers and moderators, however, have greater access to such history. –  Anthony Pegram Jul 13 '12 at 14:24
    
No, @kmote, moderators don't, but developers can, also partly: Who has the privilege to delete a revision? –  Arjan Jul 13 '12 at 14:24
    
Seeing deleted answers is important for those who have the right to vote to undelete answers... –  Bo Persson Jul 13 '12 at 17:44
    
@dennis well, if you let a mod know they can usually get a comm team member on it asap. Whereas team@SO.com is pretty slow, iirc –  Manishearth Jul 13 '12 at 18:50
    
@anthony actually, with the size of SO, it's pretty common. 1-2 a day I think. –  Manishearth Jul 13 '12 at 18:51

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