10k rep members are allowed to see deleted questions, is there a way to find questions that were deleted or to see a list of them somewhere?


If you have 10k rep, you can also see a list of recently deleted questions in the Moderation Tools.

Deleted Questions

  • Where? I don't see it. – msh210 Jan 5 '12 at 22:43
  • @msh210, see update. Click on the "Tools" and make sure you're on the Delete tab. – Brandon Jan 5 '12 at 22:46
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    I don't see a "Tools" link. Is it supposed to be atop the page? I'm a diamond mod, and see only "mod" and "review" there -- and neither of those has a "Delete" tab. Is this something 10k users can see and diamond mods can't? (That'd be very strange.) – msh210 Jan 5 '12 at 22:54
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    Oh! Found it: it's at /tools (and has a "Delete" tab, as you said). Oddly, though, there doesn't seem to be a link to that page from anywhere (for me). – msh210 Jan 5 '12 at 22:56
  • The Tools link is replace by the Review link and vice-versa, depending on how you enter the pages. – squillman Jan 6 '12 at 2:10
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    What if it's not recent? – Hack-R Jan 24 '17 at 11:49
  • is there such an option in SO too? – Shimmy Jul 27 '17 at 0:39

For very recently deleted questions where you know the exact title you may be able to see the google cached version of the page. Google the exact title, click on the down arrow next to the green link, click "Cached".

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    Whoa, interesting secret... seems it may have some "shady" uses. – DarkCygnus Oct 25 '17 at 4:09

Use deleted:1 in your search to see your own deleted posts, assuming you have over 10k rep.

Viewing deleted posts

You now have privileged access to posts that have been removed, either by their authors, by users with access to moderator tools, by moderators, or by the system.

Use this privilege wisely:

Make sure what is being deleted should have been deleted, and bring unnecessary or harmful deletions to the attention of the

community and/or moderator team.

Watch for signs of abuse being obscured by deletion.

Don't abuse this privilege to stir up trouble when someone has wisely decided to remove a problematic post.

You also have a new search operator available to find your own deleted posts: deleted:1.

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    That only returns your own deleted posts. – Cai Jan 24 '17 at 12:27
  • @Cai true, still a valid answer with good tip. – Shadow Wizard Jan 24 '17 at 12:49
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    @Sha sure, wasn't implying otherwise, just adding important information :) – Cai Jan 24 '17 at 13:10
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    Best answer, thanks for sharing! – Shimmy Jul 27 '17 at 0:40

You need to have the direct link to the question. They also show up if you have previously starred them as a favorite question.

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    Do direct links always work though? Sometimes when my questions get deleted, I try to view the comments to them but I can't because the thread's all gone... Everything at stackprinter.com/deleted is unviewable. – InquilineKea Apr 1 '12 at 19:10
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    A direct link will take you to a "question deleted" page. – Gnemlock Jan 24 '17 at 13:46
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    @Gnemlock If you have 10K+ rep you can still see the question via direct link. – squillman Jan 24 '17 at 14:16

Probably not possible (without access to moderator tools), but if these are your own questions and you were down-voted for these questions, go to 'reputation' from your profile and select 'show removed posts', they'll appear, but not linked. Based on the removed title, you may try to find the direct link either in your web-browser history, Google Cache or Wayback Machine.


Go to your Inbox and search for messages related to the question you are looking for. This solution works whatever reputation you have, and even if the question was deleted over 60 days ago.

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