Do 10k (and moderator) users have the ability to read deleted comments (are comments deleted forever, or never really deleted like questions and answers)?

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No, 10k+ users cannot read deleted comments, so a deleted comment is as good as gone.

The comments do, however, still exist in the database and ♦ moderators can read them and see who deleted them should an issue arise.

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    Do they end up in the data dump?
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 4:27
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    @Pollyanna: I imagine only non-deleted comments appear in the dump Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 4:28
  • At least some of the previous data dumps have included comments (including those with Bad Words). Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 17:13
  • (Indeed, @Pollyanna, in the past deleted comments erroneously showed in the data dump: Data dump includes deleted comments.)
    – Arjan
    Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 11:47
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    According to Michael Mrozek in a comment: This is out of date now; it's possible for mods to see deleted comments, but they have to ask for them specially (they're hidden normally)
    – Arjan
    Commented Jun 25, 2011 at 13:17
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    @Arjan: Confirmed (I'm a mod), and answer updated. You can remove your comments now. :-) I've also voted to close the other question as a duplicate of this one. There's not much point in having both of them around. Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 6:35

No, we (10k+ users) don't have that ability. They are as good as deleted forever (at least to non-moderators—those diamond folk can still see them).

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    According to Michael Mrozek in a comment, moderators can now see deleted comments if they want to.
    – Arjan
    Commented Jun 25, 2011 at 13:21

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