It's seems that erasing answers/comments (maybe even questions?) is a common practice here on MY.

Personally I don't like this culture. I KNOW that some of my viewpoints will cause a few Rabbis to squeak/roll their eyes. That's fine. But here on the internet? I feel that erasing people opinions is inappropriate, which leads me to the next issue...

You don't like my opinion? great! comment! downvote and comment! or better - show me I'm wrong! that's fine! why erasing?

Assuming that the culture of erasing will not change, can you please provide guidelines for posting? I've read the tutorial, and still some of my posts were erased.

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    See judaism.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/comment for the purpose of comments. In particular, they're ephemeral by design, and moderators can and very often do delete them. Answers and questions are deleted much less often, but can be deleted by the community also, not only by moderators.
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 31, 2019 at 6:23
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    I see two questions here: "why erasing?" and "can you please provide guidelines for posting?". You may want to ask one here and the other separately so each can be addressed fully.
    – msh210 Mod
    Jul 31, 2019 at 6:24
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    Could you edit in links to substantiate the last line of this post? From what I can tell, the only substantial post of yours that was deleted was deleted by you. In general, this post would be a great deal more compelling and addressable if you'd edit in some examples of specific deletions that you consider counter-productive.
    – Isaac Moses Mod
    Jul 31, 2019 at 7:00
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    @IsaacMoses Obviously, I can't link to deleted posts.. They're gone! And I don't talk about posts that I deleted myself. Jul 31, 2019 at 8:18
  • You can link to posts that had the comments on them. Moderators can see them and quote then here if necessary with your permission.
    – Double AA Mod
    Jul 31, 2019 at 12:07

2 Answers 2


It's important to distinguish between question and answer posts on one hand, and comments on the other. Q&A posts are the primary content on Mi Yodeya, while comments are "temporary 'Post-It' notes left on a question or answer."

Q&A Posts

Question and answer posts get deleted relatively infrequently. Descriptions of how and why they can get deleted are in the pair of FAQ posts mbloch shared in his answer:

Generally speaking, there are two categories of reasons why we would delete a Q&A post:

  1. The post does not do at all what that kind of post is supposed to do, i.e. question posts that don't pose a question at all relevant to this community, or answer posts that don't respond at all to the question at hand.

  2. The content of the post abuses the community in some egregious way.

Besides the relatively high bar for deletion, the site privileges Q&A posts in another important way: posts deleted by the community can always be seen by their authors and some community members, can be improved by the people who can see them, and can always be undeleted. For example, you can see lists of every single question and answer you've posted, including deleted ones, here and here. The deleted posts are highlighted in pink. At present, you have two deleted answers, one of which you deleted and one of which was converted to a comment by a moderator.


Comments are secondary to Q&A posts. They are meant to be temporary aids to improving whatever they're posted on. As such, they may be deleted at any time if they are not directed towards that purpose or if they have already served that purpose. They can also be deleted if they are abusive in any way or are inconsistent in any way with our Code of Conduct. Secondary as they are, it's often not worth keeping comments around that are destructive to the community.

Moderators can view, edit, and undelete deleted comments. If you believe an comment of yours was deleted incorrectly or prematurely, you can appeal that action directly to the moderators by flagging the post it was on "for moderator attention," or you can bring it up here on Meta or in Chat.

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    If you have 10k, you can see your own deleted posts by searching for user:current deleted:yes. Jul 31, 2019 at 21:13
  • @MonicaCellio You don’t need to use user:me, as deleted:1 will automatically only return your own posts.
    – DonielF
    Aug 1, 2019 at 16:33

These posts from the help center might help

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