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This is now implemented. On a Question/Show page (not the mod dashboard), moderators can now quickly delete a comment without getting a prompt. After deletion, the standard "deleted content" styles will show the just-deleted comment, along with the "undelete" link. Also, the "X deleted comments" right side-bar quick link will now load deleted comments ...


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I'm on the fence of about keeping the question undeleted with historical lock. On the one hand, there is some good content that may be worth keeping. On the other hand, the information is/has already rapidly become out of date. Your own comment on the top answer is a perfect example of this: do not @import if you don't have to, and for the love of god do ...


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The boat programming question was not just deleted - it was actually removed from the database. There's a long and sad story behind it, but most of it is has been covered in the question you linked. Suffice it to say that there's nothing even I can do about it now, even if I wanted to. However, as mentioned in the linked question, you can still find an ...


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This is illogical. You've still waited 2 days. Plus with the question deleted you can't attract any answers. Why would you want to do this? You may as well unplug your monitor for two days so ignoring any responses.


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There are lots of problems with the current method of deleting comments. Our choices are: Nuke all comments Spend a lot of time going through and pruning the discussion out of comments and leave the 'clarifying' questions/answers I'll give you a guess as to which one I do more often, especially faced with hundreds of flags in the moderator queue, and a ...


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Flag your answer as 'other' and type 'I would like a different moderator to review this deletion'. If the reviewing mod agrees with the action the first moderator took, we'll decline your flag with a short explanation that you'll be able to read on your flag summary page. We can't possibly entertain appeals for the thousands of answers that are deleted ...


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It is truly sad when one moderator will unilaterally close and a delete a question that's been on the site over four years, and is relatively popular. It should have been closed and locked, and left alone. Posting here is the right way to approach this if you are under 10k, otherwise you can first flag the question and try to get another moderator to ...


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Well, let's look at what your answer was: Original: */1 * * * * su -s /bin/sh nobody -c 'cd ~dstrt/www && /usr/local/bin/git -q pull origin master' Yours: */1 * * * * su -s /bin/sh nobody -c 'cd /home/hobs/src/project && /usr/bin/git pull origin master' This corrects a couple errors that prevented the accepted answer from working ...


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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 perpetually and irrevocably licensed to Stack Exchange under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license. You grant Stack Exchange the perpetual ...


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How about this: since I have been a long-time SO contributor, may I please have the ability to view questions deleted by arm chair moderators? We already offer that deal. The condition is that you earn a reputation score of 10,000 or more, then you can see all deleted questions and answers. Apparently you haven't been a contributor for quite long enough.


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Implemented in build 2014.1.23.1883 on meta and 2014.1.23.1324 on sites. An delete undelete sequence on a post by the post owner will invalidate only the owner's delete vote when the undeletion is made.


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If you're going to post another answer, you owe it to the readers to explain at least briefly how your answer differs from the existing answer(s). "Fixed a couple of errors" - uh, what errors? If I'm already using the existing answer, I'd kinda like to know what errors I'm missing. As Jeff notes, leaving a comment on the existing answer would help others - ...


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You voted to undelete, you didn't flag to undelete. Pressing the "undelete" button is voting to undelete your answer. You need to use the flag dialog and submit a custom moderator flag to ask for it to be undeleted. A moderator will then review it and undelete if necessary.


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Reading through the scans and the Wayback machine, how that question was ever on topic is a mystery. As a programmer. Yes, it was a post that happened to fall on Stack Overflow because someone's personal blog did not have enough traffic or exposure to showcase a question about a quote which lead to a photo of a hand-written Knuth note. That's a lot of ...


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A bottomless pit of no curation and no atomic context is a poor substitute for a question. These post are always going to reap the waterfalling upvotes but fail in the question and answer part. The longer things stick around that needed to be done away with, the more sentimental users become and attach non-existent value and "usefulness" to such posts. We ...


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Your answers have been deleted, because all of them were exactely equal. Few of the answers did actually offer a relevant answer to the question. According to the FAQ: Answers that do not fundamentally answer the question may be removed. This includes answers that are … ... exact duplicates of other answers


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Your rephrasing is no different than the original question. It's not asking for lists that is "banned"; asking questions to which there is no minimally finite set of answers are not encouraged because there is not set of answers that will satisfy everyone. Stack Overflow is not here to answer every possible programming question. We're here to answer what ...


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I added my (binding) undelete vote on top of the other that was left. The system allows for this, you can delete your own questions whenever: It has no answers It has only one answer that isn't positively scored This is designed as the best compromise to allow folks to remove questions that they probably didn't mean to ask in the first place without much ...


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You should flag it as “in need of moderator intervention” and ask for undeletion. This will alert some moderator to undelete your answer. Regular users can’t undelete things deleted by moderators so that’s the flag they wanted you to use. Also there is no such thing as an “undelete flag”, only undelete votes.


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This question is a bad example of a question that should be kept around even though the site's policy towards these types of questions has changed. It's got a lot of issues that keep it from being useful: Only one answer has been added since 2011. Other answers have not been curated to keep up with the times, as Yi Jiang points out. It has a really low ...


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Doing so would hardly discourage ranting. Why not save a private copy of your rant in advance?


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Mods are essentially unlimited in terms of deletion and undeletion. Mods have a great deal of power, and often need to make judgement calls. Mods are human exception handlers and posts like this could be considered an exception I've personally suspended a user for mass vandalism of of his own answers. Suspensions are also meant to let users cool down, ...


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For context, your answers were originally deleted because they just consisted of identical short statements and links back to your blog. You blasted out seven of these in the span of five minutes, which caused Bill to find that 13 of your 19 answers just pointed to your blog in this fashion. This clearly stepped over the line into being self-promotion, in ...


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Another idea is to show the undelete link for these answers like normal, but have it disabled, and instead clicking it brings up this same popup saying "If you believe your answer should be undeleted, please send a moderator flag explaining why" or something. The undelete button could also hint that you should edit the post first (lots of people don't seem ...


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The community user is technically a moderator (hence the ♦ next to its name), only moderators can undelete posts that have been deleted by a moderator. This is in place to prevent a moderator deleting problematic content and the author simply undeleting it without addressing whatever concerns the moderator had. It also (by the nature of how deletion works) ...


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You can always see your own deleted answers if you visit the page again (except in the few rare occasions of a hard delete). Deletions are by default soft deletions, meaning the content remains, but is invisible to all except the owner (in case of answers, deleted questions are visible only to the following groups) users with >= 10k rep moderators ...


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The owner deleted then undeleted the post. The deletion marked your flag as helpful automatically. Since no edits were made, it deserves another flag. Unfortunately, you can only ever flag a post once for moderator attention like that, leaving a hole for someone to work around such flags if they suspected any were set (you cannot see them), see Deletion ...


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Yes, kind of, but not in the way that thought is hoping it would. The answer technically gets "unaccepted" when it's deleted and the accept mark gets removed from the post. So if you, for example, delete a question, all the answers get deleted and the accepted answer is no longer pinned to the top in that jumble of deleted answers because it's not "accepted" ...


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