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Should this be reconsidered? There are some valid points in Jeff's answer and its comments, but IMO recent changes to SO made this feature request a lot more useful (and less harmful): Users can no longer undelete posts deleted by moderators. Users can no longer instantly undelete posts deleted by someone else. Users with 20k+ rep can vote to delete ...


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(Disclaimer: I do have an answer on that question, too ... and I am sad to see the 500 upvotes gone. But my issue is a different one.) That is exactly the opposite of what Stack Exchange Inc. should be doing right now. Just the other day, the company said: "yes, we understand we should listen". Now you come in, and delete all that user input on that ...


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So I was about to ask this question on Meta: Thanks for deleting my question! May I see it now? But I'll phrase it as an answer instead. My question was: Should I telecommute? Times have changed on Stack Overflow and this was a closer to on-topic question back then. I do recall that some people agitated for it being a "Community Wiki" question and I ...


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Note: The below is outdated. Although this question has status-declined, users can see their deleted questions if they have a link to them, and they can see a list of recent deleted questions via the (far too small and subtle) "deleted recent questions" link on the Questions tab of their activity page. It is simply asinine not to show people their own ...


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In my not so humble opinion, SE is making a massive mistake deleting the thread. I agree that semantically, historical locking might not be appropriate. However, effectively it's exactly what we need. As the community, reason #1 for spending even a minute of our time on meta is because we want SE to listen to us, so we can work together and make all the ...


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The following changes are live now: Deleted questions will be visible to their authors, regardless of those authors' reputation. They won't be linked to anywhere† that they're not already linked, but if someone knows where to find their question and it's been deleted, they should always be able to view it. Delete-voting within two days of closing is ...


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I think there's many great answers here that have valid points and good suggestions that I think at least justifies an explanation. Since I put a bounty on it, I figured I'd drop my 2 cents as well: To begin with, I would like to make a few quotations to outline my need to get a better answer: Quotes that explains (or doesn't) the decision of status-...


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Reasons why users should be able to see their own questions and answers in their profile page (from a moderator's perspective): It lessens the amount of work we need to do when a user deletes their own questions/answers and then is post banned (users can then edit their content and reflag without us having to undelete all their old content) It allows a user ...


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Any non-downvoted answer should prevent question deletion. If it isn't an actual answer, or simply a bad one, it will either be deleted or downvoted, allowing question deletion. Any users with the ability to downvote would be able to circumvent this, but that is probably not an issue as those users are also much less likely to misuse question deletion than ...


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Because I have big thumbs and I'm still getting used to the new flag handling interface. I meant to close it, but not delete it, and I'm not certain I know how I actually did that. This just happened to another mod on another site during a migration of a question. Something about resolving a flag happening asynchronously and the DOM updating with the ...


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YES PLEASE! I've created the Deleted section on StackPrinter and the Popular deleted question list here on meta because I really really love those questions. But StackPrinter is just an ugly crappy patch and those questions deserve surely something better! Regarding Jeff's position, look at the comments of this recent blog post: Me: The only big ...


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My take on deletions I despise the trigger-happy deletionism that is going on at the moment. It is extremely discouraging and demotivating that we, users who just want to help others and share knowledge, have to constantly spend time combating arbitrary deletions. It is completely contrary to the spirit that once characterized SO, back when the goal was ...


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Starting with the next build, votes on deleted posts will be included in the profile counts. This will also apply to the various voting badges to match: Civic Duty, Electorate, Suffrage, Vox Populi. Also, the badge progress on review should remain accurate. Downvoting bad content (which usually ends up being deleted) is something we want to encourage. ...


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As the top voted answer owner on the question, it makes me incredibly concerned that the question was deleted without obvious warning. Combined with the fact that my (semi controversial) answer had its comments wiped out 3 times without explanation while other highly voted answer comments remained intact is concerning to me. I’m not saying we’re being ...


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The situation has completely changed on deleted questions now that we are banning users from asking questions because of their self-deletions and bad questions. We need to enable those users to see their deleted questions so that they can edit them into shape, and if they self-deleted, then undelete them. We need to help and encourage them to do the work ...


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For those that lack 10K reputation, and thus are unable to see deleted questions, the Wayback Machine is a great tool. (M)SE, and more specifically the post mentioned was frequently captured. The last capture before deletion can be found here. The next capture, ~15 mins later, shows the 404 page to indicate the question was deleted.


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To throw some data out there (cause I love my science hammer)... First off, everyone needs to be aware that the debate is essentially over old content. There was a period early in Stack Overflow's life where on/off-topic weren't well defined, and a lot of popular but pointless content was created. This is a graph of popular questions (defined as a ...


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I disagree. Not all that should be downvoted should be closed, and vice versa. A question can be very good, well put, well thought-out, but is off-topic, or not constructive. A question can be valid, but badly formatted, or research wasn't applied to it ("RTFM questions which aren't duplicates"). There's no reason to close, only downvote. Also You're ...


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I agree that good answers shouldn't automatically be lost without the chance for human review. The Roomba doesn't delete in this case, so it's counter-intuitive that deleting a user does. Further, these auto-deletions don't even go to the 10k review page for deletions -- not that we should expect people to regularly review those anyway (the interface is ...


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We are a community of learners. And we work on trusting that basically people are OK. So.... suppose I ask a lousy question, and then I go outside and break my arms (karma). In the meantime BrainyMeg comments about why my question was lousy. Maybe, I dunno, about two chunky comments. My arm is still broken. Then after I heal and can type, and log back ...


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Very, very well said as always. I am very much in favour of SO's deletionism - I'm convinced the merciless focus on on-topicness and quality is what has made the sites great. It'll cause tears occasionally but it's for the good of the site. To address point #4 though - the problem I (and I'm sure many other people) have, as stated before, is that the ...


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Absolutely. While I don't agree that deleting popular questions is necessary (as opposed to merely closing them and prefacing them with an explanation), I do accept that the deletionists have a point and want to keep SO "clean". However, the side-effects of the cleansing are IMHO currently unacceptable. It is not acceptable to delete useful and interesting ...


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Why not allow any user to see their own deleted questions, even if they aren't question banned (yet)? A user might have deleted a couple of questions and, potentially, learn that they can proactively improve those to avoid a ban, instead of waiting for the ban to happen and learning how to reverse it later. I realize most won't go out of their way to learn ...


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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 ParentId CreationDate DeletionDate Score That's helpful for doing meaningful research that requires looking at activity on the site without being biased by our ...


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Your question read, in full: If ( Coders sit long and impact sex capability ) is true? I want to know if coder can kid here technically. if not, i will delete this quesiton. it's boring afternoon. You accumulated at least 6 offensive flags with that post, enough for it to be deleted automatically by the Community user and for you to be given the -...


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Having gone through the (rather painstaking, actually) process of re-blogging the top 30 "answers" on this question, along with some meta-commentary, I have an opinion about this. Mostly, I think it fails on the "can I learn something from this that will make me better at my job?" criteria. It's close, but it's not enough. For example, knowing that someone ...


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It doesn't make any difference if the deletion is what would normally be done (and I might even dispute that); that it was done now, in the current climate, is unconsidered and only bound to feed into ideas of skepticism, doubt, and mistrust. If nothing more, the appearance of its deletion is that (1) SE doesn't like the bad image it's getting, (2) isn't ...


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Moderators have access to a search operator that will enable searching of deleted questions and answers. deleted:0 returns no deleted posts (default) deleted:1 returns only deleted posts deleted:all returns any post matching the rest of the query, deleted or otherwise. Example: "salt bridge" deleted:1 should produce a result, provided you have moderator ...


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