I've noticed a few questions disappear without a trace from the main site. Not that it's a big loss (I voted to close them) but there is no trace left of their existence. I have access to the moderator tools, which is supposed to show closed & deleted questions but they're not listed there either.

I'm curious as to what's going on -- can anyone shed some light on this?


I'm not suggesting that something sinister is going on or that there are bugs in the system, I'm genuinely curious if there are cases where this could happen. Like a user deleting/retracting their own question?

I'd post links to the questions, but the point is that I can't find them at all.

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I don't see anything "disappear" here.

Can you be more specific? Do you have the title or URL of a "missing" question?

ah, it looks like you are referring to questions deleted by their owner:


  • Could it happen if a user retracts their own question maybe? I would have posted the URLs if I could find them... There was one by HH01 (I think) about mounting a laptop, another soliciting feedback about a wepapp for flat routes.
    – darkcanuck
    Feb 9, 2011 at 18:39
  • @dark that helped, that might be it -- I see the above post deleted by the owner. Feb 9, 2011 at 18:41
  • thanks, that explains the mystery. Any reason they don't show up in the moderator tools?
    – darkcanuck
    Feb 9, 2011 at 18:44

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