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Recently I figured out deleting a post is really a soft delete and it is still in the DB, unless of course there are enough votes to make a hard delete. I'm curious if comments are a soft or hard delete. You don't get a vote to delete option either.

Finally, are soft deleted items included in the data dump?

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Deleted items are not included in the data dump.

From Comment: comments are a soft delete...

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Thanks.... don't you ever sleep? – RSolberg Oct 22 '09 at 8:08

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