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So I just had this old answer insta-deleted, and I've noticed that the link that was pretty much all it contained now points at the question itself.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have just posted a link to the question, and I did get an upvote for it, so I'm not sure what's happened.

Can dev-mods edit content without leaving anything in the version history?

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You probably just accidently added a wrong link. And the answer was deleted because it is a link only. Why should a mod change your post anyway? And for the upvote - some people upvote almost everything looking fine at first sight. – juergen d Feb 12 '13 at 19:33
It's the next form of conspiracy to delete all the link-only answers! – animuson Feb 12 '13 at 19:34
@juergend That's a good point about people upvoting anything :p Now I'm not sure whether I accidentally the wrong link or whether the mod might've accidentally it, I don't really believe the mod would've done it on purpose. – Rawling Feb 12 '13 at 19:37
@Rawling: I doubt a mod would accidently edit your post. He/she just hits the delete button. And if - there would be a trace in the history. – juergen d Feb 12 '13 at 19:39
@juergend Fair enough, that's what I was trying to establish. – Rawling Feb 12 '13 at 19:40
Maybe if you recursively follow the link enough times, it takes you to the documentation? – Asad Saeeduddin Feb 12 '13 at 19:40
@asad Be right back. – Rawling Feb 12 '13 at 19:41
@Asad: You are pretty sure end up on (a) Stack Overflow! – juergen d Feb 12 '13 at 19:41
Theoretically? Sure. Devs can do pretty much anything. We have better things to do, though. And note that the moderator who deleted your answer is not a Stack Exchange employee. – balpha Feb 12 '13 at 19:43
@balpha Oh thanks, I must've got my diamonds mixed up. – Rawling Feb 12 '13 at 19:49
The diamond is identical in either case. If you want to be sure whether a mod is also an employee, check the "about me" field in the profile, which usually contains a llink to the corresponding "got hired" blog post, or check For a list of community-elected (non-employee) moderators, check – balpha Feb 12 '13 at 19:54
That team page needs an update, @balpha ;-) – Arjan Feb 12 '13 at 22:53
Slightly related: Who has the privilege to delete a revision? – Arjan Feb 12 '13 at 23:10
@Arjan Yep, I noticed the same thing when I wrote that comment. I have already poked someone with a blunt stick. – balpha Feb 13 '13 at 8:08

No, we can't (devs can probably mess with the db if they want to, though). However, there is a grace period for editing: if the same person makes two edits rapidly (within 5 minutes of each other), they get merged. It could be that -- you re-saved later after accidentally removing a bunch of stuff.

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Thanks for the answer... I must've just really messed up my link. And got an upvote anyway! – Rawling Feb 12 '13 at 19:55
That upvote could have been cast before you accidentally removed content within that grace period (if that happened)... – Arjan Feb 12 '13 at 23:12

Yes, I did ninja edit your question without leaving any trace, almost a year since that window closed.

Because I'm just that good.

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Oh no you Won't. Or maybe you Will? – balpha Feb 12 '13 at 20:24
@balpha: I just did it again. You'll find out about it in a year. – Won't Feb 12 '13 at 20:27
I vaguely remember you once closed/deleted a post that needed another zillion close votes, in your pre-moderator era, if I recall directly... Too bad my Google Fu is failing me. – Arjan Feb 12 '13 at 23:08

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