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?


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.

  • 3
    Pretty much the only exception is posts from users younger than 13
    – badp
    Feb 7 '15 at 9:34
  • 1
    @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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