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What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean?

I have deleted my answer and after refreshing the page my answer is highlighted and shows deleted by owner.

Is the same with others who see my answer or will it not be shown?

  • The FAQ might help you here - meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5221/…
    – Lix
    Mar 21, 2012 at 8:29
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    In short - yes, any user with 10,000 reputation or more will see your answer if he's viewing the question page. Only moderators can see it listed in your profile though. You can't have it completely removed - see this as reference. Mar 21, 2012 at 8:35

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Only users with 10k reputation or above can see deleted answers if they are viewing the question you answered, and only mods can see them listed on your profile.

This is for a very good reason - so that if valuable content is removed, for example if a user decides to remove all their own posts in a fit of anger, we can flag to undelete it.

I wouldn't worry too much about the fact some users can see your post. All of us have a few bad answers we've removed after re-reading. Actually, removing your answer on review is a good sign that you're committed to giving quality answers and there's even a badge for it.

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    I wanna test that [/goes off in a self-induced fit of anger] ;) Mar 21, 2012 at 10:23
  • Is it possible to signal to a mod that an answer was useful but erroneously deleted by the author? The second (now deleted) answer to this question is one example
    – stevec
    Apr 4, 2020 at 6:46

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