Appending deleted:no to a search query does not simply "exclude deleted posts", as one might expect (based on the "Advanced Search Tips" collapsible found on the the search page).

advanced search tips

Instead, it returns only "my" not-deleted questions (which I can see normally anyway).

warning ss ("...but I'm not searching my posts!")

This page provides a slightly better explanation, but those are not the search tips readily available from the search page.

Apparently there is no way to avoid inclusion of recently-deleted questions while searching for recent questions?

Obviously this only applies to users over 10k rep, when they are "granted" [forced] the "privilege" [annoyance] of seeing deleted posts, as part of the moderator tools [that I never wanted].

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    Agreed it's a problem, however I think you're misunderstanding how searching for deleted stuff works - you don't need to specify deleted:no. Seems like a meaningless operator - deleted:yes only searches your own posts - you can never search for somebody else's deleted posts. Also, if you don't add the deleted operator, you don't see deleted posts at all: The query user:me would give you all the non-deleted posts. Right now deleted:no seems to act as user:me but even were that to change, it needs to act as an empty filter and not do anything.
    – VLAZ
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 13:07
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    Example from me: created:2021-12-06..2021-12-08 user:3689450 - returns one non-deleted post created:2021-12-06..2021-12-08 deleted:yes returns one deleted post. You don't see deleted posts without the operator. And you can only see your own deleted posts.
    – VLAZ
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 13:13
  • @VLAZ probably not meaningless for moderators though. Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 13:20
  • @RobertLongson in the context of this post, which describes how this particular user has employed it - it's meaningless. The operator already does different things depending on who uses it. It's not that much of a stretch to say that for normal users it's meaningless and can be changed, for moderators it can work in any other way. Again, it's not like it doesn't differentiate now. It's an empty operator for <10k users, it adds an automatic user:me for >=10k users.
    – VLAZ
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 13:23
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    The point isn't the use of the "deleted:no" - the point is that "deleted:[something]" is a valid operator. It's much the same as any of the others - you can use yes, no, 1 or 0 when using the operator - we don't list all of the options, just the fact that the operator exists and an example of what you can use to define it.
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 16:36


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