Despite the message:

Note: only content you own is returned when searching for deleted content

I'm able to search a specific user's deleted content using a search query such as:

user:X deleted:1

Where X is the user ID:


As far as I know not even 10K+ users should be able to do this.

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    Whoa. That's a HUGE bug. Reminds me of this one Dec 9, 2015 at 14:28
  • @ShadowWizard Yup. It seems like the expected behavior of each is straight swapped with the other.
    – kos
    Dec 9, 2015 at 14:34
  • Actually, it's only a 10k privilege to begin with, see here. <10k users should just see the ordinary search results, as if "deleted:1" is the search string. Dec 9, 2015 at 14:39
  • @ShadowWizard I have 10K+ on that site, that's apparently not a problem, the second user (10K-) can't even search his own.
    – kos
    Dec 9, 2015 at 14:42
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    True, like I said the ability to search your own deleted content is a 10k privilege, so that part is not a bug Dec 9, 2015 at 14:45
  • @ShadowWizard Ah my bad, I misread your comment: I took that part down.
    – kos
    Dec 9, 2015 at 14:49
  • Cheers, took it out of title as well now. :) Dec 9, 2015 at 14:50
  • @ShadowWizard Thanks, obviously I forgot about the title :)
    – kos
    Dec 9, 2015 at 14:55
  • And... it's fixed here on MSE. Now you can put anything as user:[id] but you'll get only results for your own. Dec 9, 2015 at 14:59
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    As far as I know not even 10K+ users should be able to do this. Goddamnit, thanks for spilling the beans.
    – user1228
    Dec 9, 2015 at 15:00
  • @Won't Yeah I know. Downvoting is legit here. :D
    – kos
    Dec 9, 2015 at 15:06
  • Maybe you should create another bug report...
    – Braiam
    Dec 16, 2015 at 0:34
  • I agree with @Braiam that's worth a new bug report Dec 16, 2015 at 15:15
  • @Braiam Moved the new issue to this post
    – kos
    Dec 16, 2015 at 15:24
  • @ShadowWizard Moved the new issue to this post
    – kos
    Dec 16, 2015 at 15:24

1 Answer 1


A fix will be deploying shortly - there's an args parsing race I hadn't considered here when locking down the user scope.

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    Too bad. Can I post a feature request to restore this? ;) Dec 9, 2015 at 14:53
  • @Pat you'll have better chance by nominating yourself to become moderator, or better yet - hired to SE team and get diamonds all around. :-D Dec 9, 2015 at 14:55
  • Let's get me a diamond! :) Dec 9, 2015 at 14:55
  • Aw, that's too bad.
    – Pollyanna
    Dec 9, 2015 at 15:02
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    Well, just for fun I tried deleted:all...and that shows the user's deleted post among the non-deleted posts.
    – kos
    Dec 16, 2015 at 0:15
  • I was suggested to create a new post for this new issue; you can follow up on the new post here
    – kos
    Dec 16, 2015 at 15:28
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    Okay, but now I can't see my deleted posts where I don't have 10k. Is it by design?
    – nicael
    Dec 20, 2015 at 18:30
  • Why a user cannot see his deleted posts? What is the reason that SO is making decisions for the user and hides his owns posts? Do you see a chance at least the own deleted posts remain visible? May 7, 2018 at 16:32

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