Sometimes questions are deleted, like this. When someone like me invests some work to answer such a question, it is not nice that the answer isn't readable in my personal activity. Are my now-deleted answers accessible somewhere else?

I've done a little research about this topic and I found an answer here and a more clear one here. I'm on a beta site and am not a moderator.

On these sites, a situation sometimes occurs when a user joins the site for one question, sees what happens and deletes the account after some time. This will probably delete the question and the answer(s).

Is there a way to lower the barriers to read the deleted answers by me?

I don't want to recreate the question, if the answer is readable it is enough for me.

  • For context, what happened here is that the user answered a downvoted question, and a few seconds after they posted their answer the author deleted their account, causing the question to be automatically deleted. Commented Sep 29, 2018 at 8:26
  • I don't know if the question was downvoted. It was definitly not off-topic. @robert-longsom Is there a how-to for this process? I did not fully understand your hint.
    – giftnuss
    Commented Sep 29, 2018 at 8:28
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    Specifically: meta.stackexchange.com/a/374184/282094
    – Rob
    Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 10:21
  • The proposed duplicate target is (one of) the feature-request post(s) which resulted in resolving the issue of being able to find your own deleted posts, but I'm not comfortable closing this support question as a duplicate of it. That question has 29 answers, which are quite wide-ranging in discussing the FR. While there is a single answer which describes the change SE made and show how to find the user's deleted posts, that answer is quite difficult to find on that question. IMO, we'd be better off with a separate canonical "how to find my deleted posts" FAQ.
    – Makyen
    Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 13:08
  • @Makyen I didn't look into creating a new FAQ bullet-point, that needs a process I haven't been involved in.
    – bad_coder
    Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 15:35

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As the author of an answer to a deleted question, you can see the deleted question and your answer if you have the direct link to it.

You can get a link to your deleted answer by going to the "answers" tab of your profile and clicking on "Deleted answers".

If, as you assert, the question is indeed on-topic, and since the author deleted their account (and their post) just seconds after you posted your answer, I'd file a request on the per-site meta to have the question undeleted. If your answer had had enough time to be upvoted, it would have prevented the question from being deleted, as downvoted questions with upvoted answers aren't deleted upon user deletion (and the author would have been prevented from deleting it manually).

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