Questions tagged [deleted-questions]

This tag refers to all questions deleted from Stack Exchange sites. You can also use this tag along with [specific-question] and [meta] to ask why a specific question on Meta Stack Exchange was deleted.

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Add a new `is_anon` attribute to Stack Exchange Questions to Implement Deletes which Aren't Really Deletes [duplicate]

A lot of people learning about computer programing for the first time write questions which they later become embarrassed about. In some cases the questions are legitimate, but the original poster (OP)...
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Was a question of mine deleted / removed? How do I tell?

I THINK I asked a question on Stack Overflow years ago, but I can't find it. Was it deleted / removed? How do I tell? From my memory (which could be false), the question was about "entropy" ...
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Should I delete my question if it had mistakes?

I had posted a question, but later realised through the comments and the answers, that my question's fundamental assumptions were wrong. When this happens on other platforms, I delete my question but ...
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Deleting old no-answer questions? [duplicate]

I deleted some old questions of mine with no answers from stackoverflow.com. Is this OK?, as I don't want a question ban.
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Are moderators allowed to delete questions and answers without (giving) reasons? [closed]

I've been trying to ask questions on https://interpersonal.stackexchange.com/. Some are well received with answers and up votes but they kept getting closed. The close reasons were very unclear like &...
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The wording of “this question is now deleted” is misleading and should be changed

If you try to close a question that is already deleted, you get the following popup message: This question is now deleted This sounds like it means one of two things: The action you just took has ...
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Why can deleted questions be reopened but not closed?

You can vote to reopen a deleted question, as shown in the below screenshots: However, you cannot vote to close deleted questions; if you try you just get a popup that says "this question is now ...
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Question with an active bounty was mistakenly deleted by the Roomba

How does Canada's radiotelescope CHIME manage polarization-dependent apodization of the fast f/0.25 optics? was previously automatically deleted RemoveAbandonedQuestions and I'd recently found it with ...
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If a Roomba-deleted question gets undeleted, please make it exempt from its next runs

If a question deleted by the Roomba gets undeleted, that means that a strong part of the community (at least two 10k+ users, possibly more, possibly also mods) think, yes it should exist. This is ...
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Option To Delete Question Even If There Is One Answer

I find it very annoying that you are not able to remove a question you posted even if it has a single answer that is of low quality or has been down voted. There are many questions that have been ...
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Add an option to sort the Recently Deleted Questions by deletion date

Feature request: Add an option to sort the Recently Deleted Questions by deletion date. That'd be useful when the page contains several questions, e.g. Example of Recently Deleted Questions page: ...
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Find author of deleted question

There was a low-quality Stack Overflow question (along the lines of 'how do I ...' without showing effort). After several people pointed it out and getting close-votes, the author took the initiative ...
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Should I repost somebody else's deleted question if it looks recoverable?

Suppose I know about or find out about a deleted question. I might remember visiting it before it got deleted, or found a reference to it. It may have been deleted for being low quality or having ...
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What percentage of questions which are deleted by the Roomba later get undeleted?

I'd like to know the percentage of questions that are deleted by Stack Exchange's automated deletion scripts, which later get undeleted, on each site. Initially, I thought I could query for this in ...
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Deleted duplicates should show the duplicate target(s)

Some questions on Stack Exchange sites get deleted, but they are still linked from various other places on the internet. I will use this deleted question from Mathematics Stack Exchange as an example....
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Reputation after deleting a post [duplicate]

I just got started on Stack Exchange. What happens to your reputation after deleting a question on a Stack Exchange website? Do you lose the reputation associated with the deleted question? If yes: ...
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No warning about existing answers when answer is undeleted while I'm deleting the question

Althoug the site will confirm for a deletion of a question with answer, but maybe there is still some race conditions. What happenned: I deleted one of my own question. The question is deleted without ...
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How to figure out who has deleted a question [duplicate]

To the best of my understanding, there are three roles on Stack Exchange family websites who are able to delete a question: Moderators Voting users with reputation > 10000 Question owners Are ...
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Reopen votes can be cast on deleted questions [duplicate]

Fiddling around on this deleted question, I accidentally hit the "Reopen" button. Curious, I followed through, and it actually appeared to cast my vote, without screaming at me: Why doesn't ...
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The votes table doesn't have the votes for deleted posts, does it?

Over the weekend I had a major mishap in my understanding what the Votes table in the Stack Exchange Data Explorer actually contains. For the last 6 to 8 years I assumed the schema only contains data ...
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404 error on deleted question's timeline

So, I was looking at a question on the network. Specifically, I was looking at its timeline. As I was looking at it, the question got deleted. I didn't realize at the time, but I did notice when I ...
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Are answer drafts kept if a question is deleted?

Say I am writing an answer and it is successfully saved as a draft. Then the OP deletes the question before I post my draft. What happens then? Is my draft available anywhere? Will I see it if I am a ...
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How was this user able to delete their own question that was a duplicate target of another question?

A user recently deleted their own unanswered question (later undeleted by the community, but deleted again by the Roomba). However, there was this other question that had been closed as a duplicate of ...
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How can I delete an answer explicitly, even after the question has already been deleted, so it's not restored if the question is undeleted?

Take the following scenario: You post an answer. The author deletes the question. This automatically deletes your answer as well, but (as I understand it), your answer would later be undeleted if the ...
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Is there inaccurate information in the SO help page on deleted questions?

The help page on deleted questions on (English) stackoverflow states: Questions that have been closed within the past 48 hours cannot be deleted, so as to allow for editing and possible reopening. [...
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Make whether a deleted question was deleted voluntarily or for moderation reasons available in the API and SEDE

When a <10k user browses to a deleted question, they are told whether the question was deleted voluntarily by its author, or by others moderating the site (i.e. "for reasons of moderation"...
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What does 'via Vote' mean in the timeline of a deleted post?

On a certain SE site, following my report of a CoC violation, an SE employee appears to have deleted the post. The timeline shows a comment, 'via Vote'. What does this mean?
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Why was the recent question about where to ask questions about Metasmoke and Smoke Detector deleted so quickly?

Another user recently asked the question Where can I ask questions about Metasmoke and Smoke Detector? and it was promptly closed as a duplicate of my older question Where can questions about our ...
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Is a question deleted automatically once the downvote threshold has been met? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question in the wrong place (which has since been closed), and as a result my reputation has suffered a bombardment of downvotes. Ok, oops, wrong place, but now I cant even delete ...
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Asker deletes his question a minute after I answered it. What can I do? Is this a common pattern? [duplicate]

I'm new to this platform, please bear with me. I answered a question on SO today, where the asker needed a specific SQL query. As soon as I had answered it and before anyone else could read or upvote ...
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How can I see my “Recently Deleted Questions” and “Recently Deleted Answers” on all Stack Exchange websites at once?

How can I see my deleted-recent-posts on all Stack Exchange websites at once?
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Can we have the ability to retract a flag on a deleted post? [duplicate]

Can we introduce a way to retract a flag on a deleted post or comment, or on any post, from the "Flags Raised" page? Right now, you have to go to the post to retract your flag, but it might ...
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If a moderator unilaterally deletes Meta questions about deleted main site questions, where ought I post my worries? [duplicate]

I'm addled why there are comments with "you falsely claimed", and they're upvoted. The title of post unmistakably states "a moderator unilaterally deletes Meta questions", and I've ...
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What does “deleted” / “undeleted” mean in a question about DNS on Web Applications? Is this related to a migration rejection? [duplicate]

Why does 1.1.1.1 not resolve archive.is? was migrated to Super User but then it was returned to Web Applications. Then it shows that it was "deleted" by a diamond moderator but later was ...
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How does one accrue votes to undelete a question silently deleted due to lack of activity in order to edit and reactivate it? [duplicate]

My question How far will Hayabusa-2 back off before the “bomb” goes off? was silently deleted by the community bot for lack of activity and votes. I've revised it and would like to reactivate. I voted ...
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Where can I find statistics about deleted questions related to Stack Overflow? [closed]

For my research, I need statistics on deletions between July 1 2013 and March 4 2019 related to Stack Overflow questions. Since the repositories do not contain deleted questions and this data is not ...
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About system auto delete on old post (more than 3 months ago) [closed]

I like to know what happens if I don't update my question: It got deleted automatically and I might not be able to reach it for editing in the future. I have seen this post which was about the ...
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Adjust the thresholds for automatic deletion of questions closed as duplicates

This may be a duplicate of Should we stop auto-deleting dupe-closed questions? but the wording of the staff answer seems to indicate that it was effectively declined in 2012. It's now 8 years later ...
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Lost many reputation points because my answer was deleted - what to do now? [duplicate]

I answered a question on Mathematics Stack Exchange and gained around 80 reputation from it. This was the first time I gained points and earned a decent number of privileges. But now that question ...
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How do I access my deleted posts? [duplicate]

I recently deleted a post after discovering the information in it was irrelevant to others, but I now need to access it as there is relevant information about an ongoing issue I am having with my ...
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How do I unfollow a deleted question?

The new follow feature for questions is great. I changed my workflow for questions without enough information to: Leave a comment about what information I am missing. Vote to close for "requires ...
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Should I be asked to review edits on deleted posts? [duplicate]

I just got asked to review an edit on this post: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/60459678/tweet-an-image-using-twitter-package-in-r after it had been deleted. At least, I'm pretty sure I was ...
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Finding a deleted question

I do not have 10k+ on any exchange site, so I can’t search deleted questions I posted answers to. I am looking for a question in one of the many Math sites, which asked for suggestions for the “...
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Delete an answered question, when I cannot safely comment on the answer? [duplicate]

I have run into the awkward situation, where I've posted a programming question, and received an answer, that I cannot apply due to project guidelines. The account under which I posted the question ...
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How to handle a question that was asked in good faith, deleted, and then vandalized while deleted?

A user asked a question on a Stack Exchange site in good faith, but it was a very poor-quality question and ended up getting deleted by the community. Shortly after it was deleted, the asker edited it,...
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What is the rationale behind RemoveAbandonedQuestions?

There are a number of reasons why the system will delete posts. One of these reasons is called RemoveAbandonedQuestions: The system will automatically delete unlocked, unanswered questions older ...
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Why was “An Update to our Community and an Apology” deleted?

Recently, Sara Chipps posted her message Update: an agreement with Monica Cellio. After reading it, I wanted to compare it with her previous post about this subject. It turns out that she deleted it. ...
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Picking post numbers reveals titles of deleted questions [duplicate]

If you change the post number in any question URL to a number of a deleted question, you will be redirected to a 404 page, but the URL in your address bar will change to contain the title of the ...
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Should users be able to re-delete their question after they delete it and it's undeleted by the community/mods?

Consider these questions (I'm sure there's way more examples, but I was a firsthand witness to these two; feel free to edit if you have more): Trouble converting recursive case to Haskell Nested Loop ...
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Warning before deleting a question [duplicate]

This has already happened to me several times: a user posts a question; I provide an answer; the user deletes the question. I know that the person who asked the question can do this at will if my ...

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