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Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted

I would really like to see all of my questions and answers on the profile page, even if some of them were deleted, and I don't have enough rep to see them on the site. (Note that some questions are ...
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How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?

What circumstances can cause a question or answer to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? How can a post be deleted? When can't I delete my own post? Can I still see my post even after it's ...
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Notice of deletion

When something of yours is deleted (answers, comments, questions, Area 51 proposals) it would be nice to get some kind of notice other than just not being able to find it anymore. You receive notices ...
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Can some metadata about deleted posts be included in Data.SE?

I like to use Data.SE to view usage stats for some of the sites, however deleted posts are not included on Data.SE and I think this skews the numbers quite a bit, particularly on sites with a lot of ...
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Bump a deleted answer when it's undeleted, not when it's edited

When a deleted answer is edited, that bumps the thread to the front page and to the active questions list. When a deleted answer is undeleted, that does not bump the thread. That edits on a deleted ...
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7 answers
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We should be able to find questions or answers that we have deleted

I deleted one of my questions and would like to undelete it. This requires finding the question. I think you shouldn't be prevented from seeing your own posts that you have deleted. It should be ...
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Regular users should be able to vote to undelete moderator-deleted posts

When a moderator deletes a post, nobody except a diamond moderator can undelete that post. There is a pretty good reason for this behaviour, as before this was implemented it happened rather regularly ...
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Answers deleted via Recommend Deletion votes in review should not be undeletable by the answerer

In the last few days, I've come across four instances where a non-answer was left by a new user, that answer was deleted by the system after six Recommend Deletion votes in the review queues, then the ...
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Redeem reputation for deleted negative answers?

According to the deleted answer FAQ, if you delete your own answer, and that answer was upvoted, you lose the rep you gained from that answer. However, you don't gain the rep you lost from a downvote....
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"Votes cast" should include votes on deleted contributions

Currently, the number of "votes cast" excludes votes on deleted content. Once something gets deleted that you voted on, that vote vanishes from your stats. This of course happens frequently especially ...
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Why should 10k rep users view self-deleted answers?

When you reach 10k rep, you get to see other users deleted answers. I just think it's dishonest as a system to call a feature "delete," but show that to totally random strangers in the ...
Eugene Yokota's user avatar
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Give moderators the option to select a deletion reason when removing posts

In the past few weeks, I've received a few emails from users asking me why I deleted their posts. It's almost always for answers deleted after being correctly flagged as "not an answer". ...
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When or should you delete your incorrect answer?

I just deleted an answer I had left to a question because it had been proven to be wrong. It seems that this would be the proper thing to do, since the purpose of the site is to provide correct ...
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Could you tell me what was rude about my answer and how I can avoid making the same mistake in future?

Yesterday, I posted a now deleted answer to Does Stack Exchange, Inc. really care about the LGBTQ+ community?. It has been removed by the Community user with a penalty of loosing 100 rep which ...
Christine H. Richards's user avatar
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Make it clearer that an answer was converted into a comment, not just deleted

When an answer is converted into a comment, it is marked as "deleted". This can lead to great confusion as to why the answer was deleted, unless the moderator leaves a comment. Either of these would ...
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Is deleting a down-voted answer to preserve my reputation points bad?

Let's say I'm trying to answer a lot of questions just to up my reputation (even if I generally don't know what I'm talking about). Then, whenever I get downvoted, I just delete my answer so that ...
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Regain of reputation from downvoted and deleted answers - update FAQ

I have down voted and flagged two answers as "not an answer." Doing so reduced my reputation by 2 (1 for each down vote). It seemed both of my flags were helpful and both answers were deleted. As ...
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Stack Overflow has engaged in ideological censorship and unwelcoming behavior

What happened? On April 10, 2019, a user posted a response to a Meta question discussing how SO might take action in response to the gender disparity in the programming industry. The post essentially ...
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Why was the Weekly Day of Silence post deleted? [duplicate]

Why was the Weekly Day of Silence post deleted? It was an answer to the question Monica's situation continues unresolved, is SE hoping the problem just goes away?. The system didn't allow me to ...
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Users should be able to delete their own marginal questions and answers without risking an IP address ban

Yesterday, a user was temporarily IP address banned because they deleted a couple of their own questions that didn't get upvotes. Isn't that a little ass-backwards? Shouldn't we be encouraging users ...
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When a user has one of their questions or answers deleted, why don't you notify them about the deletion, and send the removed content by email? [duplicate]

Some questions or answers can take a while to write. For example, I had written a question on http://productivity.stackexchange.com, and one day it got silently deleted, meaning I cannot access it ...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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Deleted answers should get sorted at the very bottom of the answer list

Deleted answers should be shown at the bottom, always. Now they get shuffled just as regular answers.
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Can the post ban message show links to deleted questions or answers?

Over and over again people come to meta and say they were banned for "one bad answer" or "one bad question." They don't understand that deleted posts count, no matter who deleted them. Often, a ...
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If I delete an answer, do I lose reputation?

If I delete my answer with some up votes, do I lose the reputation? Or, if I delete an answer with down votes, is negative reputation negated?
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My accepted answer was deleted, didn't match FAQs [closed]

I answered this question. My answer was accepted as correct, and then a moderator deleted it. I read the "Why was my question deleted?" FAQs and it didn't match any category. Any help here? Here is ...
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Let users know that they can flag to get their answers reinstated if deleted by moderators

Some users are aware that they can edit their answers after they're deleted by moderators. However, they cannot vote to undelete such answers. Furthermore, they seem to be unaware they can flag their ...
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Spam masking is over greedy - please do it only if post received at least 3 spam flags

Recently there was a change causing the contents of any deleted post that received even one single spam/offensive flag to be hidden, along with all actions. Super-ubber-lock. Final death. We can't ...
Shadow Wizard's user avatar
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1 answer
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How to find my deleted answer? [duplicate]

I answered a question and then deleted my answer. Now, I would like to find this deleted answer again. In similar posts (see Deleted answers should get sorted at the very bottom of the answer list, ...
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Hide deleted answers with certain characteristics

Today I exceeded 10K reputation on Stack Overflow, and I see deleted answers. I am now faced with pages like Convert HTML to PDF in .NET where half the answers are "deleted." Among these are many ...
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When is it OK to vote to undelete posts that were deleted by their owners?

Sometimes, I encounter genuinely interesting questions that get deleted, either because the OP figured it out right after posting, or because it was receiving downvotes and close votes for any number ...
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4 answers
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Allow 20k users to see deleted posts from other users profiles (particularly for post banned users)

Background Anyone who has spent any time on meta will have experienced a user who has been question or answer banned and is looking for help. Often letting them know how to improve is what they need ...
Richard Tingle's user avatar
32 votes
1 answer
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Show all users if a post was converted to a comment, instead of just the owner

When a user's post is converted to a comment, they see a message about it on the post itself: However, that only works for the post owner; other users see: Is it possible to generalize the first ...
Michael Mrozek's user avatar
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1 answer
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My bad answer gave me enough rep to upvote the correct one. If I delete it, does that poster lose credit for my vote?

I wrote an answer to my own question which I realize isn't helpful. I'd like to delete it but it gave me enough reputation points to vote up the right answer. If I delete and lose those points, does ...
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31 votes
1 answer
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Hide deleted answer content [duplicate]

I'd like to suggest that the content of deleted answers, which is visible to 10k+ users, be hidden from view by default. Often times you'll see a user edit their deleted answer and replace it with ...
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Can Community ♦ raise a duplicate content flag when an answer is deleted and re-posted as a new answer?

I haven't seen this behavior out in the wild much, but it happened again recently and I was wondering if a flag could be automatically raised when this happens: User posts answer Answer is down voted ...
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2 answers
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Please sort deleted answers to the bottom

Having recently hit the 10k mark I have noticed that people delete answers fairly often. I find that having to sift through all of the deleted answers in a list can be a bit annoying. I feel it ...
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Please show us when one of our posts gets deleted

Now that we are notified when we lose an accepted answer, can we go a step further and be notified when one of our posts (question or answer) gets deleted by someone other than ourselves? This will ...
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1 answer
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Why was my 'Be Best' Winter Bash knitting removed?

Earlier this month, I posted a Winter Bash knitting (10k only link) based on the First Lady's Be Best campaign promoting well-being and online safety, containing the knitted text 'Be Best' in red/blue ...
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In 10k tools, show posts that are automatically deleted when a user's account is deleted

According to point 11 of How does deleting work? negatively voted posts are automatically deleted when a user's account is deleted: The system will automatically delete any question (and its ...
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Notification of undeletion

A post of mine that I deleted later got undeleted by three other users, but I only became aware of the undeletion a couple of months afterwards when the post received an upvote. Would there be a way ...
Will Orrick's user avatar
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1 answer
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You have already deleted 5 of your own posts today; further deletes are blocked

I can't delete more than 5 of my own posts in a single day. Is this a bug, or intended behavior? I'm trying to clean up old, crappy posts of mine. Similar-looking problem, but it claims to be status-...
Matt Ball's user avatar
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"Deleted by {owner}" vs "Deleted by owner" in self deleted answers

I've stumbled across an inconstancy in the display of who deleted an answer. In How to rate your programming skills on Programmers.SE there are currently two deleted answers. The display of these ...
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28 votes
1 answer
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Why does the bounty award button appear on deleted answers?

Clearly this is an edge case and I probably shouldn't have even tried awarding the bounty to a deleted answer, but why is the bounty award button even available? It's not a bug since someone added in ...
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Is vandalism of own deleted posts tolerated?

Now and then a user will delete their own posts; if they do this too much, they’ll get caught at it. Similarly, if they vandalize their own posts by replacing them with garbage, they’ll get caught if ...
tchrist's user avatar
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Please don't delete accepted answers just because you disagree with them

I just noticed that Jeff has deleted this highly-upvoted accepted answer (10ks only) to this question. The answer is good and complete. It's highly upvoted (+19). It's the accepted answer. Its ...
Lance Roberts's user avatar
27 votes
1 answer
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Deletion by someone outside the community

Note that I have posted this in the SE Meta rather than the Spanish Meta with prompting from one of the Spanish moderators after I complained about it. His suggestion was the following: Mi ...
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1 answer
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Undoing a question deletion that had a deleted answer brought the answer back?

I asked a question back in December, and while going through my questions today I saw that it had no answers, so I decided to delete it, but I almost immediately changed my mind, so I reversed it. An ...
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10k Deleted List not showing full range

The Recent Occurrences:Recently Deleted list in the 10k tools won't show all the posts in the chosen date range. It appears to limit out at 45 posts (with no pagination).
Lance Roberts's user avatar
27 votes
3 answers
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Notify answer OP when answer is deleted

After hearing of 'answer deleting' going on from this question (which turned out to be a red herring), I realized that I would have no way of knowing if someone deleted my answer. This is the feature-...
Lance Roberts's user avatar
25 votes
1 answer
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Why did a moderator delete this seemingly legitimate answer? [closed]

I was searching for code help, and came to this question: kill another process/application programmatically [duplicate]. This question has one proper answer that has been deleted by moderator. ...
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