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This is related to the post Is it possible to find deleted questions via the tools menu? If so, how?.

Recently, I wanted to confirm a hunch that one of the question posted by a particular user was deleted (perhaps by him/her). I knew which user, but I no longer had a link to the question. I requested J.M. to look for a deleted question in the OP's profile page.

After some experimentation, J.M. replied that deleted questions are not listed in the profile page, even if viewed by a 10k+ rep user. We did some searching around the site afterwards, but with no success.

Question. Is it possible for me to find a deleted question easily in case I know the identity of the poster? How?

Note. I am aware that--as a 9k user--I cannot really see deleted questions of other users. However, for the purposes of this question, assume that I am a 10k+ user, which I hope to be soon. :=)

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  • $\begingroup$ [Pinging @JM...] $\endgroup$ – Srivatsan Nov 27 '11 at 18:18
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    $\begingroup$ that ping won't work. @-notifications happen when you try to notify someone who is already in the conversation. (If you really want to ping JM, you should leave a comment on his question instead.) $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Nov 28 '11 at 8:40
  • $\begingroup$ Lucky for you, I read meta. ;) $\endgroup$ – J. M. is a poor mathematician Nov 28 '11 at 14:32
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Only moderators can see deleted posts in a user profile or search for them using the site search. Normal users can only use the "recently deleted" list in the 10k tools or get a link to a deleted question in any other way.

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    $\begingroup$ I suppose this is the definitive answer. I will wait for a day and accept it. Thanks for the response. $\endgroup$ – Srivatsan Nov 27 '11 at 19:16
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    $\begingroup$ And the "recently deleted" list only shows posts not deleted by the OP. There is no way to find most deleted posts using the software, anymore, unfortunately. $\endgroup$ – Jonas Meyer Nov 27 '11 at 21:42
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    $\begingroup$ For recent posts one may sometimes have luck doing web searches since copies may be cached by search engines, e.g. Google. This has worked for me a few times in the past. However, I haven't tried it recently, so I don't know if any recent SE changes thwart it. $\endgroup$ – Bill Dubuque Nov 28 '11 at 1:33

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