25 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Kit Z. Fox's user avatar
  • 27.8k
16 votes

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 ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
  • 101k
11 votes

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 ...
Sven Yargs's user avatar
  • 161k
11 votes

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 ...
Sven Yargs's user avatar
  • 161k
10 votes
Accepted

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", ...
tchrist's user avatar
  • 134k
10 votes

Recognizing generic ChatGPT posts

ColleenV has commented usefully: Isn't it obvious? It's vague, overly verbose and too formal for the context. It reads like a grade school essay instead of an answer by someone who has actual ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
  • 101k
9 votes

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 ...
NVZ's user avatar
  • 22.6k
8 votes
Accepted

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 ...
NVZ's user avatar
  • 22.6k
7 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Catija's user avatar
  • 3,547
7 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Laurel's user avatar
  • 65.1k
7 votes

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 ...
Dan Bron's user avatar
  • 28.7k
7 votes

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 ...
tchrist's user avatar
  • 134k
7 votes

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 ...
Matt E. Эллен's user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Matt E. Эллен's user avatar
6 votes

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 ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
  • 101k
6 votes

Recognizing generic ChatGPT posts

Background: I have more than 1,200 helpful flags on Stack Overflow specifically around GPT/AI/LLM answers (12 declines, and a handful more that were marked "Helpful" but not acted on). ...
NotTheDr01ds's user avatar
5 votes

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 ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
  • 101k
5 votes

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? ...
Mari-Lou A's user avatar
  • 90.3k
5 votes

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 ...
Lawrence's user avatar
  • 38.4k
5 votes

Recognizing generic ChatGPT posts

If you run this answer through Zero GPT, it will claim that the text is from ChatGPT/AI. These tools are not foolproof, but it doesn't matter, because the answer shows no research and is generally low ...
RaceYouAnytime's user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
  • 101k
4 votes
Accepted

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 ...
NVZ's user avatar
  • 22.6k
4 votes
Accepted

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"?
Justin's user avatar
  • 10.2k
4 votes

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, ...
4 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Kit Z. Fox's user avatar
  • 27.8k
4 votes

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 "...
Hot Licks's user avatar
  • 27.4k
4 votes
Accepted

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 ...
JJJ's user avatar
  • 7,148
4 votes

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 ...
Mitch's user avatar
  • 70.8k
3 votes

Answer wrongfully deleted by brigade of trolls?

Your answer seems like a legit post, it attempts to answer the question (no is a viable answer to single word requests), you provide a solid argument (it isn't merely a comment) and it isn't covered ...
JJJ's user avatar
  • 7,148
2 votes

Question deleted in 2011 is on-topic in 2022

I see no real benefit in resuscitating the dead question, belonging to a user who is no longer on ELU. I see good improvement after your edit, and I think you would have a better reception if you ...
NVZ's user avatar
  • 22.6k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible