I recently discovered, or possibly rediscovered, that all deleted items are "forced-visible to all 10k users all the time." I never considered rep gain to be something with a downside before, especially because there's no way to directly message a non-diamond 10k user to ask for something to be closed/edited/deleted/whatever. At my current levels of rep gain, this isn't something I'll have to worry about for a few years at least, but it seems to me that it could be pretty annoying to have to see all the stuff that gets deleted. So I'm curious: have any users tried to keep their rep under 10k, or reached 10k and regretted it?

(At first I thought about asking what we could do about this, but then I realized I should first find out whether people actually consider it a problem or not.)


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Nah, you get used to it after a while. Really, there's so much noise that doesn't get deleted, a few deleted posts don't really get in the way that much.

And being able to vote to delete more than makes up for the minor irritation of seeing a few deleted posts.

  • Indeed. On SO I actively worked to get there...on meta, not so much. Being able to see deleted stuff on SO means I can contribute to "Why was my stuff deleted?" questions. Commented Jul 25, 2010 at 0:57

Yes, that's why I haven't broken 10K. I had forgotten the reason.


You don't really come across that much noise, so there's no reason to be concerned. It's not like you enter a new tax bracket or anything :)

  • Really? It was my understanding that SO rep was pegged one-to-one to the Internet Dollar.
    – Pops
    Commented May 14, 2010 at 2:41
  • Nah, the exchange rate has been creeping up lately. Y'know, bad economy and all that.
    – David Z
    Commented May 14, 2010 at 6:32

If it's a big deal, AdBlock Plus can block this class: stackoverflow.com##.answer.deleted-answer. TamperMonkey and other custom stylesheet/javascript tools can do this too. I just hit 10k, and was searching for this very thing, and am surprised this answer hasn't been given.

This is a sample TamperMonkey script.

// ==UserScript==
// @name         stackoverflow tampering
// @namespace    http://tampermonkey.net/
// @version      0.1
// @description  StackOverflow - hide #hot-network-questions and deleted stuff.
// @author       mattmc3
// @grant        none
// @require http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.js
// @match https://*.stackoverflow.com
// @match https://*.stackexchange.com
// ==/UserScript==

$(document).ready(function() {
  // hide other stuff too
  • 2
    I prefer uBlock, thank you. Same cosmetic filter in either case. Commented May 7, 2017 at 20:50
  • No conspiracy, no deleted answers here. Most people simply don't care seeing deleted stuff same way they don't care seeing bad stuff all over the internet. Commented May 7, 2017 at 20:54
  • 1
    Deleted posts are charming Commented May 8, 2017 at 21:40

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