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What is up with lighter/washed out text?

I'm not sure if my example will be valid when I post this, but take this question for example, if you'll scroll all the way down - you might still be able to see a deleted answer. For how long does SO keep a deleted answer viewable ?

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marked as duplicate by Rory, yoozer8, Pops, Toon Krijthe, kiamlaluno Aug 28 '12 at 23:58

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Your deleted answer? Or the greyed-out downvoted answer? We can see the latter because it's not deleted. – Bart Aug 17 '12 at 7:52
@Bart The greyed-out downvoted answer. If it's not deleted then why is it displayed like that ? or should I change my question ? – alfasin Aug 17 '12 at 7:53
It is displayed like that (I believe) after 3 or more downvotes. – Bart Aug 17 '12 at 7:54
Not a duplicate, but here's the FAQ on deleted posts. – Pops Aug 17 '12 at 16:52
up vote 8 down vote accepted

That answer (score -4) is not deleted but has a score of -3 or less. These answers are displayed lighter. This is done

to indicate that their content is not entirely reliable

Deleted answers can only be seen by 10k+ Users.

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Thanks for your answer! – alfasin Aug 17 '12 at 7:55
@Bart: Good catch :) – juergen d Aug 17 '12 at 7:57

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