Usually, deleted answers disappear instantly, or almost instantly. Most of my answers that I have deleted, are not visible for long, maybe a few minutes at best. However, there is one answer that I deleted yesterday, which is still visible to me. Why this discrepancy/odd-behaviour? visible delete answer


Other than this, answers i deleted were not visible to me on the question page itself (not through the answer link, but simply by opening the question).

In this case, however, it is visible to me through the question - link .

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    That's strange... they're should be visible through any sort of link. (Certainly are for me.) Note that it is very different for questions when you have less than 10k rep.
    – Mat
    Jan 2, 2013 at 17:14

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You can always see your own deleted answers, they never go away. They will only be visible to yourself, mods, and 10k+ users. For everyone else it disappeared right away.

You can edit the post while it's deleted and undelete it if you want (since it was deleted by you, and not a mod).

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    They're just hard to find, since you'll have no reference to them. Jan 2, 2013 at 16:55
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    Potentially, yes. They won't show up in your list of posts on your profile, or in any search engines, if that's what you mean.
    – Servy
    Jan 2, 2013 at 16:56
  • Are you saying that in a discussion in which I deleted an answer, that answer will always display for me when I visit the question, or that I will only see the answer when I reference directly via a share link?
    – palswim
    Jul 6, 2015 at 23:30
  • @palswim The former.
    – Servy
    Jul 7, 2015 at 13:34

You can always see your own deleted answers, no matter how long it has been. However, they will not show up in your posts list after a time; that list could be cached to some degree, so you might see a deleted answer in your answer list for a few minutes. But if you keep the URL, you can always go back and view the post.

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