I answered a question...

Remembering... "Using Illustrator open a JPG or PNG and Save as a JPG or PNG" from this user.

I answered the question this afternoon.

Now it's gone! It doesn't appear under the user's profile nor as an answer under mine.

I know the user shouldn't have been able to remove the question since I provided an answer and the rep amount at this stack wasn't sufficient enough.

So how'd this question vanish?

More curious than anything else :)

My only speculation is that the user is a Stack Employee therefore having delete powers across all stacks, possibly. I did see the question garnered a down vote from someone, so perhaps that instigated the deletion.

Or perhaps they asked a mod in chat to remove it??

Again.. just really curious, that's all.

  • Ive seen this happen too. Curious as well.
    – joojaa
    Jan 27 '20 at 6:19
  • I'm also Curious.
    – Vikas
    Jan 27 '20 at 13:31
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    For anyone else (with 10k+ rep) looking to find a recently deleted question, you can check the deletion log here. Those tools are pretty well hidden, I'm sure a lot of 10k+ users probably don't know they exist :)
    – JohnB
    Jan 27 '20 at 14:34
  • Thanks @JohnB I knew they existed but heck if iI could find it.
    – Scott
    Jan 27 '20 at 16:03

The question you are referring to is probably this one. The error page gives the reason you can no longer see the question: "This question was voluntarily removed by its author."

An OP can self-delete a question at any time, unless there is more than one answer or an answer has an upvote. Since yours was the only answer, and it was not upvoted, the OP could self-delete.

EDIT: Mods have undeleted this question, since it is not fair to Scott that they cannot be rewarded for their answer.

  • Ahh thanks Pie! It was the "has an up vote" I was missing. I thought a question merely having an answer, any answer, prevented deletion - which is why I was mystified. Thanks for looking at it -- by the way.. I was fine with it being removed, and was only curious since I thought it couldn't be removed by the author. The last thing I worry about are votes up or down. :).
    – Scott
    Jan 27 '20 at 12:01
  • I understand that you don't care about rep points (anymore), but it's the principle of the thing. Point is that a user should be able to be rewarded for their time and effort.
    – PieBie Mod
    Jan 28 '20 at 8:02

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