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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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Why did this uploaded image disappear?

The question was flag deleted as spam or offensive. Because many posts that are spam or rude have problematic images (or people are using our image hosting to host images of themselves that get flag ...
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Has there been a recent change in the ability to vote to delete again, after a post was undeleted?

The CMs have no way to manually override deletion permissions on a per-post basis - short of doing what any mod could do and locking the post - which leaves a post notice explaining the action. As ...
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Moderators can undelete answers to deleted questions

Does this have a particular use case If a moderator wants to ensure a particular answer always remains deleted (even in the event the question is undeleted), they would undelete the answer, then ...
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To prevent link rot, don't roomba posts that are linked by other posts

The way you mitigate link rot is to excerpt the important and relevant parts of what you’re linking to in your post, not by trying to prevent posts from being deleted. If you don’t excerpt the ...
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Deleting questions and answers

There are four fairly distinct sets of people who can delete things on Stack Exchange. the post owner moderators low quality post reviewers high reputation users Their aims and motivations are ...
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How was this user able to delete their own question that was a duplicate target of another question?

This is most likely due to #1 (though I can't prove it since I don't have the mobile app installed or usable on any device). Going to decline it here, as the mobile apps are deprecated. Even though we ...
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Is there a way to find a link to a user-deleted question?

There are several options: You can browse your browser history. When you know when the question was posted, you can look for posts posted around the same time, note down their IDs and try to figure ...
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Is it a bug? Deleted question was undeleted by another user

An edit never undeletes a question automatically. A user, who has more than 10k rep, could see your question and edit it, but certainly not undelete it via a binding vote. As we can see in the ...
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With limited remaining brain cells, how can I work in a more roomba-aware way (and not lose track of questions permanently)?

The Stack Exchange Data Explorer might help a bit. I have written a network-wide query which concentrates on the two Roomba reasons which apply on non-closed questions: RemoveDeadQuestions and ...
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Let me edit my own self-deleted question

I also think that the current rule is not ideal and I have a simple suggestion that, in my opinion, will avoid all problems: Allow users to edit and undelete self-deleted questions in one action. This ...
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Add option "ask a new question" to page not found

Unfortunately such advice would usually be counterproductive. Generally we delete unsalvageable questions. Asking an unsalvageable question again will simply result in the same action, i.e., closure ...
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If I delete a question, will it count towards the 50 questions a month limit or not?

Yes, even if deleted, the question will still count towards the limit. Proof can be seen in this question on Meta Stack Overflow where the OP couldn't post the 50th question and the reply from an SE ...
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What can I do if I disagree on the reason a question was closed, and believe it should have instead been closed as a duplicate?

Gold badge holders in one of the question's tags can change the duplicate from A to B but that assumes the question was closed as a duplicate in the first case. In such a case you could raise it on ...
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Show more comments not working in a deleted question

TL;DR: The primary manifestation of this bug is on posts made by users who are destroyed, where the user has commented on their own post. Technically speaking, though, there are other cases where this ...
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Do you lose your +2 edit rep if the edited post is subsequently deleted?

It's probably worth noting you won't lose your reputation from the suggested edits if the post is 60 or more days old and has a score of 3 or higher. This is similar to authors not losing reputation ...
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Is it possible to get access to my deleted questions?

UPDATE 2022: You can now view all your deleted posts. Go to your profile page. Go to the "Questions" subtab. Scroll the questions list all the way down and you'll see an option to view ...
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Is there a way to find a link to a user-deleted question?

I believe there’re some other options: There’s an option to find recently self-deleted posts: /admin/recently-self-deleted if you left an upvote, a downvote or closed the question, it would appear ...
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How do I view my old deleted questions?

Per Catija's answer to the feature request "Show all of my question/answers to me even if they are deleted", this is now possible: We've been slowly moving towards completing this request ...
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How can I find a deleted question?

Yesterday I commented some question as duplicate. I assume that means you also voted to close it as a duplicate. In that case, since you have 10k reputation, you can find the question in your profile,...
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In 10k tools, show posts that are automatically deleted when a user's account is deleted

Given that the restriction is in place so that the list won't get overwhelmed when a user account is removed, what if we just added answers to the closed low-scored questions that exceeded some ...
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Moderators can undelete answers to deleted questions

There's another legitimate use case for this functionality. Occasionally, a question with high-quality, useful answers needs to be deleted for moderation reasons (e.g. it was posted by a sockpuppet of ...
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Why does a new question "appear to be a duplicate of" a deleted question?

Why can I not ask the question if the deleted question is, fortunately, not visible? What is the point of blocking my post? The situation you describe is relatively rare. What happens way more often ...
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Users with less than 10K rep can add their own deleted question to favorites but can't see it listed

It is far from ideal but as a workaround one could use SEDE to display their bookmarks - since the Votes table includes the deleted posts. (For more details on this see: The votes table doesn't have ...
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