I poured my heart out to write a great answer to a question, and I earned a gold badge for it. I'm so proud of the answer that I've even linked to it on the web in several places.

To my surprise, I discovered that the question had been closed without notifying me, and that it had been deleted without notifying me.

Since there already is a question about notifications for closed questions, this question is specifically about deletions.

Please could I be notified whenever a question that I posted an answer to is deleted? Especially if my answer is long, or earned lots of upvotes. I want to at least be able to fix any links to that question, and maybe convert that answer into a blog post or something, because I really do think it is making the Internet a better place.

Some high-rep users have already found the deleted question that caused me to discover this issue. But I want to be clear that I'm not trying to generate a discussion about whether the deletion was justified or not, I'm pointing out that I was never notified of the deletion, and I think I should have been.

My question is slightly different from this apparent duplicate, as I want to be notified when a question of my answer is deleted, not necessarily when my question has been deleted.

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    FYI, you get to keep any badges you earned for that question, and if your answer had +3 or more and was posted more than 90 days before deletion you also get to keep the reputation. So while annoying, you don't really lose anything. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 13:05
  • @ShadowWizard yes, I have ran across many of these, so whenever I see such questions I tend to favourite them so I can still find them if they get deleted. But I am getting far away from OP's request, which I by the way support. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 13:13
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    I deliberately did not want to mention the specific question, because this post is about the fact that I was not notified. It isn't about whether the deletion was justified or not.
    – Flimm
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 16:07
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    Possible duplicate of Notification when your question is deleted Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 18:41
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    @ben: I'd say that this is different. This is asking for notification when you have an answer on someone else's question that gets deleted.
    – ale
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 19:17
  • Sorry for pointing to the specific deleted answer of yours. I have deleted my comment to prevent the question to go out of your desired scope. Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 9:28
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    By the way, that specific question has been undeleted and locked. Commented Feb 8, 2017 at 13:39

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I would generally be in favor of this. Deletions are less frequent than closures, so we shouldn't need to worry about "notification overload".

A happy side effect of this could be alerting people who habitually answer off-topic questions, and maybe they'll stop.

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