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I'm new to the whole '10k rep' level, so bear with me.

I can now see deleted answers on questions, which isn't a problem - but some of them seem to have stuck around for a long time, even long after the user that made them has been removed.

For example, this one (10k link only) from 2013:

screenshot of a deleted answer from July 2013

Are they eventually removed entirely, or do they stick around in perpetuity?

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They stick around forever I'm afraid! Most of the time you shouldn't be too distracted by them since they're always displayed below other posts.

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    Pretty much the only exception is posts from users younger than 13 – badp Feb 7 '15 at 9:34
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    @badp do they get removed completely? – shanodin Feb 7 '15 at 10:38
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    @shanodin They get removed immediately, completely, along with any trace of the user's existence. They are truly nuked from orbit. – fredley Feb 7 '15 at 11:16
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    So if a twelve year old posts the most brilliant answer ever, but admits that he is twelve, it'll be nuked? – Arperum Feb 7 '15 at 12:40
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    @arperum Yes, them's the rules. – fredley Feb 7 '15 at 12:42
  • Does that actually happen? – TZHX Feb 8 '15 at 8:03
  • @TZHX From time to time, yes. – fredley Feb 8 '15 at 9:13

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