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As a mod on https://ux.stackexchange.com/ I often do a search of deleted:1 to see what posts have been removed that I may not know about, or to refresh my memory of any spammy nonsense. Just doing a general check of the state of the site to see what's been going on.

However, doing so today I am not seeing anything since the end of May 2014.

A check with the mods from some other sites seem to say this is happening elsewhere too.

  • No deleted posts on Webapps since 1st June
  • No deleted posts on DIY since 1st June
  • No deleted posts on Programmers since 1st June

And even on StackOverflow the last one to appear in deleted:1 search is from the 2nd June.

So what is going on? Have they been completely expunged from the known universe? Or is the deleted:1 search string no longer the one to use - and if so, how do we find deleted posts nowadays?

marked as duplicate by Shadow The Princess Wizard, ChrisF, 3ventic, JonW, yannis Jun 9 '14 at 9:46

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  • Search is broken in all Stack Exchange sites. (using old data, up to June 2 when they moved servers) – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jun 9 '14 at 9:30
  • Ah yes, I should've broadened my MSE search from just looking for reported issues around the deleted:1 string. (Although not sure I'd have found it anyway, what with Search not working correctly!) – JonW Jun 9 '14 at 9:38
  • No worry, I also fail to search on sites I don't roam frequently, just posted a glaring dupe on arqade meta. ;-( – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jun 9 '14 at 9:43
  • "... to see what posts have been removed that I may not know about, or to refresh my memory of any spammy nonsense" Heh, the only reason I ever search for deleted:1 is for the cheap laughs ;P – yannis Jun 9 '14 at 9:44
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    @Yannis: It started as cheap laughs. Then it just got depressing. Searching deleted:1 should really be renamed search:facepalm posts for the volume of spam or 'did they really post that?` type Q/As. – JonW Jun 9 '14 at 9:46