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I'm glad you asked this... There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding how much stuff gets deleted, and who is responsible - so I'm going to provide a bit more information than what you asked for, in hopes of clearing this up. Questions deleted during the past 365 days on Stack Overflow 659,974 questions were deleted in total 387,197 were deleted by the ...


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It's not against the rules if you aren't stirring up trouble by a deletion that was blatantly justified, according to the Help Center: Viewing deleted posts You now have privileged access to posts that have been removed, either by their authors, by users with access to moderator tools, by moderators, or by the system. Use this privilege wisely: Make sure ...


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We recently enabled searching for own deleted content for 10k users as a result of this suggestion. Note that you can still see your own deleted content on your profile for 60 days. This privilege enhancement gives you access to older content that you own. Jeff's concern with allowing people to see their own deleted content was that "it would lead to ...


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When an answer is deleted, only comment notifications to the OP left by the deleting moderator within that last hour will remain in the inbox. So, in your first scenario, Alice will only see the comment by Charlieā™¦ (assuming he deleted within an hour of posting the comment and that the comment was for Alice). In the second scenario, Alice will see no ...


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status-completed The inimitable Oded stepped up to make this happen - as of this morning, all posts reviewed will remain visible to their reviewers in the context of the relevant review task. "Skip" does not count as a review for this purpose (or most other purposes). As a reminder, you can view all of your past review tasks for a given queue by ...


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Goes in the right direction, but not far enough. We need a mod for Counterstrike or whatever people play these days that can pull almost-closed questions through the API, populate the playing field with them, and cast the final close vote for every one that the user manages to shoot:


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I agree. Moderators can access a list of self-deleted posts, but as a moderator I want the community to be watching over deletions, not just mods. 10k users would be able to see those posts if they had the links, and we give them a tool to review other deletions. So why not include self-deletions in the 10k deleted-posts list? I don't see a way that this ...


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I want to reply to the mod commenting on it after deletion. How can I do this? You don't. Mods can comment on deleted posts so that they can explain why the post was deleted or otherwise assist the author in better using the site. If a moderator comments on a post either after deletion or immediately before, consider it a courtesy and pay attention to the ...


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According to SO developer Adam Lear (ref), this was not an intentional change. The devs were doing some work in that area which introduced an error in permission checks. Apologies for the inconvenience; this should be fixed shortly.


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At the end of the day the buck needs to stop somewhere. Someone has to make a decision on what belongs and what doesn't. I guess an important question is who decides what belongs and what doesn't. In some cases, there's specific classes of flags we leave to the staff. In others we preferentially handle some of them. With respect to current events - my ...


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While we don't generally go into details - as far as the mod grapevine goes I've not heard of any such thing. We would certainly be buzzing over something like this happening. Admittedly most of the network is probably boring as far as global influence psyops go. One of the advantages of SE as it is is - it is rarely a primary source, and a significant ...


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You have Jeremy Banks' deleted question viewer userscript installed. According to the StackApps post, it's broken, but I guess it circumstantially worked for you. It prints out the text you're seeing: print("Deleted post detected. Loading post content..."); // ...


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One good reason: keeping a history. When performing moderator duties, I will very often peruse a user's content to detect patterns. Deleted content is very important, there. Also, some content is deleted in error. Soft-deletion means we can always correct such errors.


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Fun fact: deleted:all is not actually a valid search argument. We only accept values 1, 0, true, false, yes, no. Fun fact #1.5: The above fun fact isn't technically correct. deleted:all is acceptable and produces results that include both deleted and "live" posts. Fun fact #2: the fact that it was a not-clearly-true-or-false is what broke this. deleted:...


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Let's try and nail this down, since it's a bit obscure (and recently changed again): No one can edit a locked post. The author of a deleted post can edit it unless it is a self-deleted question or locked as noted in #1. Folks with full editing rights can edit any deleted post except those restricted by #1 or #2. Note that editing privileges don't align ...


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This is a good idea, but we want to be a bit careful here - notifying someone of an unhelpful or irrelevant comment on a post that's been deleted just rubs salt in the wound. With the introduction of our new low-quality /review queue, there's a sufficiently-specific context in which to provide canned comments addressing common reasons for deletion: If the ...


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Content is never hard deleted unless an SE employee explicitly accesses the database and wipes out the data, which is only ever done under exceptional situations in which it's essential that the content not be retained (for example, if there's a DCMA request to remove the content because SE doesn't have the right to host it). Outside of that, the content ...


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A fix will be deploying shortly - there's an args parsing race I hadn't considered here when locking down the user scope.


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Last time our attorney attempted to explain this to me, it was along the lines of "the law does not allow us to question the DMCA" and that we have to take action, and it's the responsibility of the accused to file a counter-notice (all they need to do is send a properly formatted counter-notice to the same dmca@ email). If we play a role in determining ...


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No. It's a good idea to delete a question or answer as soon as you realize that it has no purpose, will never do you or anyone else a bit of good, and nothing you can realistically imagine doing to it will change that fact. But one downvote? That's nothing. Scratch that; it's better than nothing, it's a challenge - someone's told you you don't got what ...


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The request has some merit (so I've upvoted it), but in a sense it's already happening. Traffic on Meta Stack Exchange is three times the usual, and users are upvoting (and downvoting) much more often than they did: about ten times the usual according to this SEDE query: Most of those are upvotes, and those give a lot more reputation than downvotes cost ...


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Honestly, as a moderator, I don't really see the problem with letting users see their own deleted posts on their profile, with two exceptions. I'd love to have spam/abusive posts hidden on profiles, but otherwise adding friction to folks finding their own posts seems counterintuitive. Considering folks can always see their deleted posts if they can find ...


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This is very frustrating and should definitely be implemented. I suggest it would check every time a certain length is reached when typing out the comment, something like every 100 characters. Maybe a message like this one: And most importantly, notify if the answer is deleted when you start writing. But please only notify, do not refresh/delete the ...


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With the usual caveat that I'm not a lawyer, I think it works something like this: when someone submits content to SE, they are doing so under the terms of the CC license, which means that if SE chooses to redistribute that content, they must do so under the same license. However, SE is not under any obligation to distribute the content. When a post is ...


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I hate saying no to something because it would cause issues with something that isn't implemented yet, but ... I have some concerns with how this would affect some moving parts we're about to introduce as part of the quality project. I'll break them down, and try to be as brief as possible, please bear with me as there is a bit to discuss. Question blocks ...


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The tool you used - named "clear rude or abusive/spam flags" - does a lot more than just dispute pending flags and undelete the post. Before we start messing with it, let's consider the purpose it was intended to serve... For the sake of readers who may not be familiar with the tooling here, I'll give a brief summary of the options you had available in the ...


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I rather deleted posts on meta be visible to all users with high rep on any site, as it is better then people posting images of deleted posts (including on twitter). At present due to these posts being hidden from people who (many of us feel) should be able to see them, they are being made visable to people who have no investment in StackExchange who I ...


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The automatic deletion script ran about 5 hours ago. It removed questions that were downvoted and/or closed and received no other attention for 30 days. You can find the current exact criteria here. We are also looking at implementing additional criteria for removing closed and abandoned questions, but I don't think that's live yet.


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I was a little surprised to see how quickly that was deleted yesterday as well (I was actually following the question as it unfolded). Here are my thoughts on the situation, though. I fully agree with Grace Note's explanation in the linked post: old, localized, resolved bug reports are completely subject to deletion. That makes sense. We don't really ...


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