Usually deleted answers are not particularly useful, which is why they were deleted. If they were hidden (compacted to the first line) by default with a JS [+] to expand them there would be less noise for 10K users.

  • If no one has made a GreaseMonkey script for this already, it probably wouldn't take much to make one.
    – Jon Seigel
    Commented May 19, 2010 at 18:31
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    I'd recommend people should have to "opt-in" via a checkbox that appears on their preferences tab. That way you could set your default and not have to open or close the [+] all the time if its default state isn't to your liking. Commented May 19, 2010 at 18:36
  • I'll happily make you a greasemonkey script... first you just need to go to my SO profile & upvote everything I've posted until I reach 10k so I can test it properly.
    – Alconja
    Commented May 20, 2010 at 4:37

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I however agree that deleted answers only adds noise. As you see in the Related list on the right column, the same problem was discussed before a lot times. Either by removing them from the view, or just pushing them to the entire bottom. Most of those questions got a lot of votes, so there's certainly support from the community.

Bill made a very good point in his comment: make it a preference. The <10K users already don't see them, so this logic is already implemented in the business/view side. Implementing an extra preference seems little effort for the dev team and big favour for the >10K community.

I personally, however, got used to them. I just scoll ahead. But I can find myself in your problem when I went over 10K some months ago.


I kind of like seeing the deleted answers, sometimes they're interesting to read and I think if there were a method of expansion I'd be frustrated at having to expand them all the time just to satisfy my own curiosity/nosiness.

The deleted answers are well highlighted, the different colour makes it easy to differentiate between answers worth reading and answers you don't need to bother with.

For those reasons I disagree (-1).

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