Could you please provide a way to retrieve deleted questions/answers?

Your database contains that data, until you hard delete it, so it would be useful for us to have the chance to play with it.

I'm suggesting to add a parameter like:

deleted (optional)

    * When "true", will include deleted id where available.
    * boolean

Why I'm asking it?
Well, because a lot of questions were recently deleted and it would be cool to have access to them without using the data dumps.

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    +1 - That would be quite useful indeed, but I wouldn't hold my breath ... It seems about time to expose these dumps regularly elsewhere for this and similar needs, i.e. something along the lines of the most excellent Stack Exchange Data Explorer (including the ability to persist queries and/or a respective API), but with access to historical dumps as well. Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 12:39
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    Note this went from [status-planned] to no status, just a few minutes ago. But, not officially declined. Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 21:33

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This goes hand in hand with authentication.

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    And updates on this feature?
    – TheLQ
    Commented Feb 23, 2013 at 14:57
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    And again, is this live and just undocumented or dead?
    – Oli
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 10:50
  • Not always hand in hand some little bug in middle Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 23:33
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    Couple of years later, any updates on this? Is it still status-planned? Returning deleted questions from the API would be very convenient to easily track deletion events (either manual deletion by delete votes or those from the roomba by Community).
    – Tunaki
    Commented Aug 23, 2016 at 22:20

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