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I checked View Deleted Recent Questions but it's only showing some of my questions that are lately deleted. I'm sure I've had more questions deleted before but how do I find the link for them if I didn't save it anywhere?

Also, what does the layout look like for users with 10k to view a deleted question? Is there a tab for it? I doubt I could get 10k so I was just wondering.

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You don't. They're deleted; you generally don't delete things you want to keep around and use, right?

The "Deleted recent" list gives you a window of time during which you can regain access if you need to. If you're not undeleting them, after a while they'll disappear. If that's not something you're comfortable with... Well, don't delete them in the first place.

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  • How long does a self-deleted post stick around? Really deleted after 60 days? Or just gone from that link? Jan 23, 2014 at 5:23
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    Few things are ever really gone. 60 days after the post's creation date, it'll drop off that list.
    – Shog9
    Jan 23, 2014 at 5:34
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    "don't delete them in the first place" is not so good advice, given some content is deleted in moderation, even if author consider it good and useful. Also, some people want their question to stay deleted, but can't afford it if they are ever to recover from question ban.
    – Mołot
    Jan 23, 2014 at 8:35
  • Oh I see. But I'm just wondering, is there a button to view deleted everyone's questions tab? This is a question for 10k+ users.
    – puretppc
    Jan 23, 2014 at 15:23
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    Nope. 10k users see deleted posts if they have a link, but they won't see them listed on anyone's profile.
    – Shog9
    Jan 23, 2014 at 15:45
  • @Molot To prevent an unrecoverable question or answer ban, I guess you have to check your lists of recently deleted questions and answers on each Stack Exchange site at least once a month. This way you can notice that a question or answer has been deleted so that you can improve and undelete it before it becomes lost forever and thus a permanent strike against your account. Feb 27, 2016 at 22:48
  • As mentioned in the answer linked in this your post and also in the recent V2Blast's answer to this question, the restriction to the post from the past 60 days has now been removed.
    – Martin
    Jan 15 at 2:57
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Searching for user:me is:q deleted:1 as a 10k user shows you your deleted questions- I guess at this point you're trusted to be grown up about your deleted posts.

You'd get something like this

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As you can see (I edited this image for brevity), deleted questions are shown there.

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  • The user:me is not required, it will always show you only your own deleted posts. Unless you're a moderator of course. Apr 30, 2017 at 7:18
  • ah. I am, in places. Not here of course. On the other hand, I definitely know this works
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Apr 30, 2017 at 7:20
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    This should be marked answer!
    – Legends
    Feb 29, 2020 at 19:26
  • I will add (at least in a comment) a link to the feature request relevant to this: Enable searching with deleted:1 for 10k users. (It was marked status-completed in December 2015.)
    – Martin
    Jan 15 at 7:30
  • TBH, both this and at least one of the comments has aged badly, in a good way :D
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Jan 15 at 7:42
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To view deleted questions/answers one has to have links to them. In the present Stack Exchange this feature is not available to all, as you have mentioned.

But links can be found in inbox.

It can be painstaking to find an old question if there are really large number of pages of notifications in the inbox.

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  • This worked for me! Thanks a lot Oct 10, 2018 at 17:24
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Per Catija's answer to the feature request "Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted", this is now possible:

We've been slowly moving towards completing this request over the years and have made incremental improvements to allow users to see content of their own that was deleted. The TL;DR here is that we have updated (as of 2022-01-12) the recently deleted questions/answers pages to show all deleted questions and answers.

Additional changes:

  • The word "recently" has been removed from all references to these pages, including urls.
  • The pages now show all of your deleted questions or answers. Paging included, when necessary.
  • These pages can now be referenced by /users/deleted-answers/current and /users/deleted-questions/current (which will load the pages for the currently logged-in user).
  • The Deleted Answers page has gotten a major facelift, and is now showing post summaries that are much more inline with our design framework than the old list (it is using a Stacks post-summary, including answer score, question title, tags, last action date, and answer excerpt).

The "Deleted Questions" and "Deleted Answers" pages now display all of your deleted questions and answers, respectively, regardless of how old they are.

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