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I had this question a while back: How to access the SMS storage on Android?

And someone answered the question. I forget what the answer was, but I'm positive it was answered. So after a little searching, I realized I can see the history of a question timeline

http://stackoverflow.com/posts/4809874/timeline

Clicking open every triangle, and I see I accepted an answer from Sebastian Paaske Tørholm at Jan 26 '11 21:32. But what is the answer? How can I view the answer for myself?

Perhaps more philosophically, who/why/when was this deleted and why is that information hard to find?

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Why is my question being downvoted? –  eternalmatt Mar 12 '13 at 0:02
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see vote difference –  Hugo Dozois Mar 12 '13 at 0:03
    
In a database somewhere. The rest of your questions are answered by Bill. –  Shog9 Mar 12 '13 at 1:20
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@eternalmatt Probably because you were being a bit of an ass towards Bill in the comments under his answer... –  Lorem Ipsum Mar 12 '13 at 2:19
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The answer posted by Sebastian consisted of nothing more than three links, two of which are now broken. This is why we consider link-only answers generally unhelpful. A moderator left a note for Sebastian to try and fix up the answer so it can be restored.

...and why is that information hard to find?

Once you gain 10K reputation you'll be able to see deleted posts and that information will be easy to find. Frankly, in the case of posts that don't answer the question, there's not much to see.


For what it's worth, here's a copy of that particular answer:

A tutorial on how to access the SMS/MMS database, as well as send SMS'es is available from the MobDev wiki.

For a concrete example of it in use, take a look at gTalkSMS. The file to look at for SMS database queries is the SmsMmsManager.

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My question was "Where is the content of a deleted SO answer?" Will you please delete your answer, as it doesn't answer the question. –  eternalmatt Mar 11 '13 at 23:46
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@eternalmatt Bill's answer addresses the questions in the body of your question: "who/why/when was this deleted and why is that information hard to find?". As for "Where is the content of a deleted SO answer?"... I'm not sure what you're looking for there. It's in our database? –  Anna Lear Mar 11 '13 at 23:47
    
"How can I view the answer for myself?" –  eternalmatt Mar 11 '13 at 23:48
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@eternalmatt "Once you gain 10K reputation you'll be able to see deleted posts" –  Anna Lear Mar 11 '13 at 23:48
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Ain't nobody got time for that. –  eternalmatt Mar 11 '13 at 23:50
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@eternalmatt FWIW, I edited a copy of the answer as it currently stands into Bill's answer. –  Anna Lear Mar 11 '13 at 23:51
    
FWIW, I am pleased you posted the hard coded content of Sebastian's answer, but the linkage to the answer 4809910 doesn't lead anywhere for the commoners. So the general case of finding/viewing deleted answers is still open. –  eternalmatt Mar 11 '13 at 23:54
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@eternalmatt: If that's your question, this should probably be a feature request to lower the threshold of the "view deleted posts" privilege to below 10k. Does that sound right? –  David Robinson Mar 11 '13 at 23:56
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@eternalmatt It's not really an issue. If everyone could view a deleted post, it wouldn't really be deleted at all, would it? This behaviour is entirely by design. –  Anna Lear Mar 11 '13 at 23:56
    
Freedom of Information Act request? –  eternalmatt Mar 11 '13 at 23:56
    
Sure, it's great that its hidden by design because the privileged decided it was unworthy of the unworthies' eyes, but if the layman were so determined to go to a timeline, he's still unable to view answer? He'll have to put in what began as a bug report to view an answer that was at one time considered accepted? Just open up the data yeesh. –  eternalmatt Mar 12 '13 at 0:01
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@eternalmatt: If you really want to have that discussion, you should probably edit your main question to turn it into a feature request to that effect. –  David Robinson Mar 12 '13 at 0:03
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@eternalmatt The timeline isn't really supported. It's an unlinked "power user" route. You did the right thing far as chasing down a specific removed answer is concerned - you came to meta. I edited the answer to remove the broken parts and undeleted it. The final result is not great, but such is life. Heavily-link-based answers are why we can't have nice things...err...long-lasting, unbroken Q&A. –  Anna Lear Mar 12 '13 at 0:09
    
Thanks for hunting down this bug Anna! –  eternalmatt Mar 12 '13 at 0:12
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@eternalmatt Hunting down what bug? –  Asad Mar 12 '13 at 1:53
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