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Is there any way to see my deleted questions or answers?

Previously I deleted some of my questions, I wonder if there is a way to see (only) my deleted questions?
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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?

I have noticed that sometimes answers are downvoted in order to cause the automatic deletion of a question by the community user. In particular, there are closed questions with $1$-point answers - ...
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Should we vote to delete wrong answers?

It is not difficult to notice that sometimes an answer is deleted (by users other than the OP)1 simply on the grounds that it is considered incorrect by the users who voted to delete. (Probably if you ...
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Is there an MSE-like site that is more pleasant to work in? Or are there other solutions?

The Problem: It becomes more difficult to help people on a site in which there is mass closing of questions. And I am disturbed that a small group of people is engaged in trying to delete permanently ...
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Delete My Account

I would appreciate if my account could be deleted. From other meta posts it seems that a moderator needs to do it. Thanks. I really see no reason whatsoever for not being able to do this ourselves ...
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On deleting vs. closing duplicate questions.

Recently a question was deleted by the OP after it was pointed out in comments that it was a duplicate. I was in the process of composing an answer, but I was not able to post it when I finished since ...
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Should moderators intervene when the accepted answer is blatantly wrong?

Generally the moderators have nothing to do with the actual mathematical content of the posts. Their work is when the posts are incorrectly made (e.g. questions in answers, or comments in answers), or ...
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Is there a way to punish users for posting and then immediately deleting a question?

It's happened to me again, and I'm severely pissed now. A user (with a rather high reputation, about seven thousand or so) just posted a question about a probability problem (something with people ...
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Deleting Tags after being created

Is it possible to delete a tag after it has been created. For example when I post a question under the tag, Analytic number theory sometimes, Analytic only appears in the Tag column and the Analytic ...
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Why was “Rational numbers - sticks and stones” deleted?

Could some 10k or ♦ mod shed some light on why this question was deleted? I understand that there may have been a good reason for it, but the error page I'm getting doesn't really explain it, beyond ...
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What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE?

Note 2: † This is NOT a duplicate of the linked question: I am NOT asking at all "Under what circumstances is it appropriate to delete a question that has received a good answer?" Again, this ...
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Are we too trigger-happy about deleting (relatively) new posts?

I was directed just now to a post with the following abbreviated time-line: Question was posted 21 hours ago Question was closed as "unclear what you are asking" 19 hours ago Question was deleted by ...
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How to produce a list of my own deleted answers?

From a previous thread, it seems that the functionality to list deleted answers has been removed. Is this true? What if I only want to see a list of my own deleted answers?
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Ban or delay close votes from users who answered a question

Where a user has answered a question, I propose that either that user cannot vote to close the question or the user's close vote ability is suspended on that question for one week ...
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sometimes, deleting a question shouldn't be immediate?

It is the second time it happens to me today, I take 5 minutes to understand a question, then 10 minutes for writing (and editing multiple times) a detailed answer or comment, I'm proud of me, and ...
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Can we please be more generous to elementary beginners?

This question: Given that $\arctan(1/5) + \arctan(1/8) = \arctan(1/p)$, how to find the value of $p$? (now deleted again) was originally closed as "off-topic". Here is the original title: ...
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Can we please STOP closing and deleting old posts with answers?

This is a follow-up for a recent questions of mine: What are the merits, if there is any, of deleting (correctly) answered questions in the main site of MSE? I have noticed recently that quite a few ...
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Protocol for deleting wrong answers.

Assume someone asks a question, I read it and think "ok I've got it". And post my answer. After some amount of time I realize, or am alerted that my answer is wrong. Perhaps it was too sloppy, or ...
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How to repair the close-delete pipeline?

In a recent discussion the issue of scale of deletions was brought up. I remarked there that over the $12$-month period ending in February this year, $10$K users deleted $218$ questions altogether, ...
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Vulgar Username

I think necessary steps should be taken against the profile https://math.stackexchange.com/users/26920/urine-soaked-pajamas as the user name and avatar are offensive and go against the dignity of the ...
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Deleting Wrong Answers in “Low Quality” Queue

It is decided[1] that deleting answers just because they're wrong/incorrect is not condoned in StackExchange-land. However, I feel it is a different situation when the answer is a borderline low-...
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How to delete an accepted answer? [duplicate]

That's the question. I would like to delete some of my answers that have been accepted. How can I do that? Everytime I hit delete it is not possible for me to do so.
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Deleting my accepted answer and contacting the mod

I wish to delete my accepted answer here. When I flagged it for mod attention, the review was that there was there was no evidence to support my contention. I do not know what to do at this stage. ...
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Suggestion to improve the quality of questions.

Recently, a contentious discussion has been taken place in Removed Question vs Reputation around the opening of the question Determine if $\frac{k-1}{k}+ \frac{1}{k(k+1)}= \frac{k}{k+1}$ holds. I have ...
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Is it okay to delete unanswered, marked as duplicates questions?

Just what the title says: I've had many questions marked as duplicates when I first started using this site, and I was wondering if it's okay for me to delete them.
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The difference between “Delete” and “Recommend Deletion”

Until reaching the threshold of 20000 reputation points, during the review process I was presented with the option to "Recommend Deletion". Now that I have reached it, this has turned into "Delete". ...
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Deleting Question After Answered [duplicate]

This question was correctly answered by someone and then the OP deleted it. Is $xy y' = \sqrt{y^2 + 1}$ separable or non-separable? Is there some rule against this? It makes it appear that they ...
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Deleting a downvoted answer?

Is it right to delete a downvoted answer of one's own? I have only done this once (I actually got the "Peer pressure" badge from that), but I am afraid that this is not allowed. I do have an accepted ...
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Is it possible/desirable for answers to be preserved when a highly downvoted question is deleted?

Background: As I was viewing this question, I felt it worth drawing the OP's attention to other posts discussing the potential dangers of trying to treat $\infty$ as a number when performing ...
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More granularity in locking questions

Is it possible to have more granularity in of time-span for locking questions? Currently the available choices are 1 hr, 1 day, 1 week, and permanent. There are times where longer, but not permanent ...
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What should be deleted? If I realize a question is pointless?

Should one remove questions that are "pointless" since the problem is much simpler than one originally thought?
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Should on-topic questions, with score $\leq$ 0, be deleted on meta.MSE?

I have recently noted that one of my old questions on meta.MSE has been deleted by the community moderator. I guess, the auto-deletion script deletes posts on meta sites too. Initially I felt that it ...
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How can we, as a community, reduce some of the tension on the site?

It feels like there's a lot of tension on this site, broadly about closing/downvoting/deleting questions. I am quite prolific in closing/downvoting/deleting questions myself because well...there's a ...
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How many posts get deleted, and what are they?

Stack Exchange Data Explorer now includes the table PostsWithDeleted, which, as the name suggests, includes some data on deleted posts. (Meta announcement.) The content of deleted posts is not made ...
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Is deletion of unnecessary comments a common practice here?

I have the habit of deleting my comments whenever I find them unnecessary anymore (for instance, I notified the OP that there's a typo, and it got fixed). Mostly, the user replies with (something ...
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Which actions by moderators cannot be reversed by community?

There are some actions where a vote from moderator has immediate effect (i.e., there is no need for votes from other users). This is the case for closing and reopening posts. However, in these cases ...
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Do deleted answers live forever?

From what I understand a 10K+ user can see all deleted answers. Does a deleted answer remain visible to the 10K+ users forever?
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Do we need an additional close reason for posts that turned out not to add value?

As many of you are aware, there are people active on Maths.SE that close and delete posts. The CRUDE chat is probably the best known concentration point of them. As part of the activities, also old(...
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What is our question deletion policy?

I've recently become a 10k plus user, and I was taking a look at the moderation tools, specifically the deletion votes section. As I was looking at the questions nominated for deletion, it struck me ...
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Is undelete of comments already deleted.. possible?

If something new or relevant needs to be said, deleted comments if retraceable could be re-edited for renewed comments. Not needed often though.
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Question Deleted After Receiving Answer

This is another example of an OP deleting a question after receiving an answer. https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3334999/find-a-jordan-basis-for-a-linear-operator This has been discussed ...
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Are deleted comments destroyed?

When I delete a comment, is it destroyed completely? Or does it still exist, perhaps visible to moderators? If the latter, can it be undeleted again?
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Comments being deleted mysteriously

I don't know why my comments I placed on a question made by an asker are being deleted. I would like to hear an explanation. I think I should be informed first that my comment probably does not like ...
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Why is this question completely disappearing where I have answered and got a bounty of 200?

The hidden question was: New numeration system, mapping to binary numeration system Where I have answered with the copyright notice that must be always respected and not only for my topics, and my ...
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Why would a question with an upvoted and accepted answer be deleted?

This is a question on MSE which I had answered a month or so ago. It was an interesting question and it took me some effort to write the answer. The answer got upvoted twice and accepted. Two weeks ...
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Is it possible to withdraw a deletion vote?

Is it possible to withdraw a deletion vote? Most probably not, but I want to be sure. (A few words about the motivation of not permitting this is also welcome.)
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A very small favor to ask re downvoted answers

In this question, I initially messed up and put in an incorrect result. Blindingly fast, the answer was downvoted. I raced to correct the result, but by then there was already a correct result. So I ...
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Why is this answer “spam or offensive”?

This reply to Is zero odd or even? was deleted (several years ago) by the Community user, which replaced the content with the remark: This answer was marked as spam or offensive and is therefore ...
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Users providing only answers in Maple [duplicate]

This question is about users who stubbornly only provide Maple code and their output as answers, even if the question does not ask for it. Yesterday I decided to review some low-quality posts (there ...
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No longer relevant comments

The following scenario frequently happens: member $M_1$ answers a question, but he makes a typo that member $M_2$ points out. So $M_2$ leaves a comment, $M_1$ corrects the answer. If this correction ...