I recently asked for a moderator to delete a question that I asked, and it was deleted. On this question, I had also given my own answer, which I deleted myself before I flagged the question to be deleted. Immediately after I deleted my answer, I could still see it in deleted form on the question.

That's all fine. However, when I look at the question after it has been deleted by a moderator, I can no longer see the answer that I deleted. I only see the deleted answer of one of the moderators. I would expect to see both deleted answers, not just one:

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According to this answer, users can see their own deleted answers:

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

And according to this answer,

there is no reputation limit to see your own deleted answers

So is this a bug if I can't see my own deleted answer anymore? Usually, when I delete my own answer, I can still see it after it has been deleted, immediately. I'm not aware of any sort of time-limit before I can see my own deleted answers. And of course, answers are soft-deleted...most of the time:

Occasionally hard deletions are made by the dev team, however this is usually only 1 revision removed because it contained sensitive information (passwords etc.).

But I don't remember my answer containing any sort of sensitive information (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).


I'm not sure if this is reproducible. I'm not sure how to go about reproducing it, other than asking another question and then flagging a moderator to delete it again. So just to be clear, here are the sequence of events that did happen, if anyone wants to try to reproduce:

  1. Post a question and answer it at the same time (in one step, not two separate steps).
  2. Have a moderator post an answer.
  3. Delete your own answer.
  4. Have the moderator delete the whole question.
  • I have no idea why you can't see your own deleted answer, if you still have a link to the question. Can you see this?
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 23:49
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    @RobertHarvey that link shows me the question and your answer, but that's the only answer I see still, I still don't see my own deleted answer. Do you see 2 deleted answers?
    – user163250
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 23:52
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    Well, I think that's a bug then. Your question was moderator-deleted at your request. The answer just goes along for the ride. Seems like it is not recognizing ownership of your answer.
    – user102937
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 23:53
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    FYI - I can see your answer, so if you can't see it, I'd concur that this is a bug Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 0:01
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    Heh. Edge case - given that you are both the asker of the question and the poster of an answer on it... Looking.
    – Oded
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 11:20

1 Answer 1


Yeah, this was a real edge case.

We were filtering out some answers even when the answer OP was the current user.

Fixed in the next build (rev 2014.4.16.1551, meta rev 2014.4.16.2164).

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    I change my mind, I don't want to see my answer anymore. j/k, LOL! Thanks! #EpicWin.
    – user163250
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 12:53

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