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I "really" want a deleted post back

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Excessive self-deletion is a big red flag for us that a user needs to be contacted. It can mean a variety of things--from rage-quitting to severe ...
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Who deleted my post?

The answer you posted just before asking this question was deleted because it gained "rude or abusive" flags. It does appear that you have not been stung with the 100-rep penalty which I would expect ...
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Deleted answers vs deleted questions

The main practical reason for preserving (in hidden form) answers that a poster has deleted is, as Rathony points out in a comment above, to enable the poster to reopen the post later. I have ...
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Why can't you actually delete your own answer?

I think ColleenV's advice (in her comments beneath the posted question) makes perfect sense. In effect, she suggests that you perform these steps: Undelete the answer that you don't want to be ...
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Deleting answers with a positive rep balance

As the comments above suggest, your answer was flagged as low-quality and therefore removed by the community (or by a moderator, perhaps. See why). I recall that I had posted a comment asking you to ...
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My answer meets all the qualifications in the Help Center has a score of "9", yet was deleted

I deleted your post because our community here had flagged it, including as being rude or offensive. It read like this: I use it as both "Original Post" and "Original Poster", ...
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Why was my post deleted?

I assume it's because your answer starts with "I assume it's because", and that shows that it's only your assumption, and we don't welcome assumptions in the answer box on the main ELU site. Try the ...
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Why did this question get migrated?

Here are the important parts of the timeline: You asked the question on Signal Processing. You got an answer there. You left the following comment on said answer: [...] If you think there is no ...
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I'd like to know why only my comment was deleted when there were only five comments

Your comment was deleted because its content was flagged by one or more community members in good standing acting in good faith. Because users are unable to downvote or edit comments, when they do ...
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Answer I was going to award the bounty to disappeared

You need 10K or more rep to see deleted content. You currently have ~9K on EL&U. The answer you liked read as follows: I often see the following expression in letters that have no specific ...
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Deleted answers vs deleted questions

The reason you think deleted answers remain visible but deleted questions do not is because deleted question are more difficult to find. You can still read deleted questions because you have over 10K ...
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Reminder: You can vote to delete posts

When casting delete votes, do please recall that normally, questions closed as duplicates should be left alone, not deleted. This is a rule of thumb only, and exceptions will always exist, but the ...
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Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post

I've looked at your recently deleted posts and there's very few that were deleted as spam or abusive - in general, you average about 1-2 per day from what I can tell, which isn't a lot, and far fewer ...
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Could a mod have notified me that my post risked being “permanently” deleted?

Sorry for the delay to my answer. I wanted to give myself time to forget your post so I could take a fresh look at it. Having reread it I have to agree with Andrew. As to why I didn't inform you ...
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Could a mod have notified me that my post risked being “permanently” deleted?

It wasn't me who deleted it (for those who can see deleted posts, it's here) but it's not an answer to the question. It's a collection of comments in the answer box, and you have found the ...
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To delete, or not, your own incorrect answer

A feature of SE is that you are able to delete your own answer. I think it is up to you whether you want to remove the downvotes from your rep, or if you want it to stay as a sign post that your ...
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Why was my answer (upvoted once) unilaterally deleted by a moderator?

That answer was flagged as being so similar to one posted two years earlier that it duplicated it. The flag was handled by a moderator, who deleted the post because it fitted the published reasons for ...
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Why was my question about improving this site deleted by "Community ♦"?

There is an MSE post about deletion of questions. The system will automatically delete unlocked, unanswered questions that have negative score after 30 days. I didn't realise this applied to ...
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Using an answer to comment on real answers

What you and the original answerer seem not to have taken into account is that there is a reason why newcomers are not allowed to comment. Specifically, until you have been on here for a while, you ...
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Deleted answers vs deleted questions

All questions and answers were taken from Stack Exchange Meta Why are answers visible to 10K users? How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? ...
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Has the policy on "excessive commenting" changed?

Since comments are ephemeral, I'm moving Dan Bron's to this answer. ;) I don’t think there’s a policy that overly-long comments must be moved to chat. That’s one option for what to do with them, ...
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Grounds for permanent deletions

Moderators redact content that contains contact information (like email address or phone number), personally identifying details, passwords, or connection strings. We will often honor a request to ...
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I'd like to know why only my comment was deleted when there were only five comments

In answer by tchrist: Users who find that our community consistently disapproves of their comments might dwell upon how best to avoid similar disapproval in the future. But how can one avoid "...
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Converting comment to answer: when to delete the original comment?

Comments are considered to be ephemeral on ELU. Here's one source from a moderator: Comments are ephemeral and will continue to be ephemeral, so if you have something you think is worth keeping ...
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Converting comment to answer: when to delete the original comment?

I often let my (partial answer in) comment be, in case where its removal might render neighbouring useful comments contextless. I remove a comment when I feel that it's clearly obsolete, since my new ...
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Why can't you actually delete your own answer?

A similar question was asked on Meta. The only feasible way to permanently delete it is to have it removed from the database. That cannot be done by regular users or mods here, but you could contact ...
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Answer wrongfully deleted by brigade of trolls?

As a long time user here, I don't see anything egregious in your answer to warrant voting to delete. It does not seem opinionated, but then I agree with most of what is said. But sociolinguistic ...
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I have deleted my downvoted questions and answers, but there's no change in my reputation

From what I can see of your reputation, you do appear to have recovered the losses incurred from downvoting. With the baptism/christening question, your November 22 answer and your November 23 answer ...
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Question deleted in 2011 is on-topic in 2022

The question has now been undeleted and re-opened. What is the English equivalent to the Russian proverb "За битого - двух небитых дают"?
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Why was this accepted answer deleted: Attitude should be professional

I didn't realise it was the accepted answer. It's not something I usually check for. In the mod queue posts are presented without votes or formatting. It is a very bad answer. It gives the minor ...
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