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Stack Overflow has engaged in ideological censorship and unwelcoming behavior

I've answered this on MSO: There was no discernable good-faith attempt at contributing to the discussion. Multiple users, staff members and moderators felt that the 'answer' was barely more ...
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Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted

We've been slowly moving towards completing this request over the years and have made incremental improvements to allow users to see content of their own that was deleted. The TL;DR here is that we ...
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Can some metadata about deleted posts be included in Data.SE?

Yes We've added a new table called PostsWithDeleted that includes metadata from all posts, including the deleted ones. If the post is deleted, we've nulled out all fields except: ID PostTypeId ...
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Is it not OK to tell someone to delete their question/answer?

As you insist on dragging this out into public, and people have already put time into talking about it (I was just going to delete this rant) ... No, it's not okay to bully people. Telling someone to ...
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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?

No, votes are not retracted if you end up falling below the privilege threshold. You just won't be able to cast any new votes until you get above that threshold again.
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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?

My answer too was deleted by a staff member. I flagged it for attention explaining that it did answer the OP's questions, but the flag was declined without further explanation. It received 11+ and -...
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Proposed Change to Community Deletion Criteria

I'm uncomfortable with the idea of a "good answer" to a "bad question". If the answer is good and useful it implies that the question is actually a good question too. It might be expressed badly or ...
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Stack Overflow has engaged in ideological censorship and unwelcoming behavior

As a fellow community member who hates the whole welcoming debacle, I feel you. I'm right there with you, and I've been extremely vocal about how I dislike SE's current direction; it feels like ...
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23 votes
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I want to delete everything I've contributed to Stack Exchange sites

You can't. When you posted the content, you gave Stack Exchange an irrevocable license to use the content. You are welcome to delete your account if you wish to do so, which will remove your name from ...
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Deletion by someone outside the community

You already got a bit of context from the comments as to why I deleted the answer. Two things worth clearing up: Yours wasn't the only answer I deleted; The first thing I did before touching any of ...
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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?

Its as much about what you say it as how you say it. I don't want to particularly dissect it bit by bit - and give the ideas in the answer a direct airing but the answer was pretty much an attack on ...
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Are opinions not allowed on meta.SE?

Opinions are allowed, but answers should answer the question, even on Meta Stack Exchange. You merely state you agree with the feature request; the correct way to do that is by upvoting the question. ...
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Answers deleted via Recommend Deletion votes in review should not be undeletable by the answerer

Jarrod has implemented animuson's suggestion: Now that we have that new "disputed low quality review" flag, can we use it for this purpose? The OP undeleting their answer is like disputing the ...
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Could we hide who deleted a post from normal users?

I am mostly in favour of keeping the status quo and transparently displaying the responsible users, but I see how this got a problem in the situation described in the question. So maybe we should ...
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Should copy-pasted answers be deleted?

Yes. They should be deleted. There are many reasons why copy paste answers are not useful. Some of them are: Lack of effort. These answers do not show any effort. If the answers are just a copy ...
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18 votes

Is sole purpose of some moderators is to do autocracy / dictatorship

Is sole purpose of some moderators is to do autocracy / dictatorship No Moderators are users of our sites who volunteer their time to be human exception handlers and step in when the community cannot ...
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When can a moderator undelete an answer?

You have irrevocably licensed your content to Stack Exchange From the terms of service section 3, as quoted in this answer: You agree that all Subscriber Content that You contribute to the Network is ...
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I want to see all my Stack Exchange linked deleted questions

Im just wondering why my codegolf account was killed I even contributed a game concept tiny.cc/ZeVeRoH all history deleted on that site. You did not contribute a game concept, you spammed the main ...
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Make Seeing Deleted Answers Optional

Taking MichaelT's feedback into consideration, I think this might be a good feature to have not as a general set-once-edit-later user preference, but as a potentially "uncached" option per question. ...
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Deleting and undeleting an answer clears the edit history

Deletion does not ever clear revision history. What happened is that you edited your post within the 5-minute grace period, which overrides the current revision rather than creating a new one. There ...
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This post is hidden. No, it's not. (SE has a weird definition of "hidden"...)

You see this because you have earned the access to moderator tools privilege. If you don't want to see those posts, you can do one of those things: Waste reputation until you have less than the ...
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Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted

This request was made in 2009. Times are different now in some regards. More and more companies realize that respect for user data is good business, and offer export options. Google, for instance, has ...
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Can moderators comment or vote on deleted posts? Can moderators answer deleted questions?

Moderators can comment on deleted posts. In limited circumstances, this ability allows Moderators to leave feedback or let users know why their post was deleted. But other than that, Moderators ...
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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?

I believe it's still possible to answer you without seeing the actual content of the answer, but based on the content you describe: anything that criticizes the LGBT+ community (or some of its ...
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Are deleted answers automatically penalized?

If you mark a Very Low Quality flag as helpful - which happens automatically when the post is deleted - the system will downvote it. This is done because folks are oddly reluctant to down vote posts ...
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15 votes
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How to deal with an answer deleted and reintroduced in order to got rid of down-votes?

Well, it depends. If the user has a heavily down-voted post and decides to delete it and post a heavily improved version (because the old one was unsalvageable), that fixes the issues with the ...
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Can my answer about current events be undeleted?

Here is your answer: This was probably deleted because it's not really an answer, it's more like a comment
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How can I find out what was deleted when I get one of those out-of-the-blue +1 reputation notifications?

There are links to the posts in the reputation history in your profile. In your profile, click on the reputation tab: Then in the list of reputation changes under this tab, the +1 entries are ...
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