I recently noted that one is not allowed to see the edit history of their post if it is deleted. e.g. when I click on the edit summary link of this1 self-deleted post of mine I meet the 404 error. The same is true for the community deleted posts. But the mods and high rep users can see them. Is it a bug or a feature added for some purpose?

  • If it is a feature than what is its benefit? Why shouldn't the low-rep users see their own posts' history?
  • Is it a bug?

1Please do not ask me about why I deleted that post. I posted that when I was new. Since it is a bad answer I deleted it.

  • It seems that Latex doesn't work here. Would anyone correct the subscript in my post. $^1$. Thanks in advance.
    – user31782
    May 1, 2014 at 11:34
  • @Mat: Thanks for the editing [this<sup>1</sup>], seems like it doesn't work in the comment.
    – user31782
    May 1, 2014 at 11:46
  • It appears that it is a bug because when I click on the edit of the old version I can see the whole old text. Means the developers have allowed one to see the old version of his/her deleted post.
    – user31782
    May 1, 2014 at 12:09
  • Dear community-moderator, this post may show zero activity for a long time. Please do not clean this out of the city.
    – user31782
    May 2, 2014 at 3:52

2 Answers 2


I'm not sure when this happened, but it seems to be . I have a self-deleted question on Physics and I'm able to see both the revision history and the individual revisions.



This was either a bug, or it has been changed purposefully; I don't know about how it was supposed to work back when this was written, but currently, users can see the edit histories of their own posts.

On Sci-Fi, I have less than 10,000 reputation. I went to a deleted post of mine and clicked on the revision history. I can see it:

The revision history is visible to me

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