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In my notification bar at the top of the page, there's a pretty rude comment about my question, but when I try to look at it, it's already been deleted. I'd really like to be able to respond to that comment (in a polite, professional manner, of course.) Is there any way I can see comments that have been deleted?

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marked as duplicate by gnat, Martijn Pieters, animuson Aug 8 '13 at 1:10

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As an aside: to archive and to easily search your own posts and responses, you could set up a RSS reader, though responses are a bit hidden nowadays. And then configure that reader to keep content forever. Of course, the chance that the reader happens to fetch a comment that is deleted soon after it was posted is still small though. (Your SO responses are here, and your own activity here.) –  Arjan Feb 11 '13 at 22:10

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No, there isn't. Moderators can see deleted comments, but regular users cannot.

Since the comment was deleted, I don't think there's any need to respond to it either. I would just let it go. No good can come from responding to someone who's just being rude, no matter how polite and professional you are in response. :)

Look on the bright side - the system works and the rude comment wasn't allowed to persist on the site. :)

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You can not see deleted comments.

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You need to become a moderator in order to see deleted comments.

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@Diago There is no other type of moderator other than a diamond moderator. Non-moderators can moderate the site to a degree, but they still aren't moderators. –  Servy Feb 11 '13 at 19:20

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