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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. – Steffen Opel Jan 14 '11 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. – Brock Adams Sep 16 at 21:33
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This goes hand in hand with authentication.

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    And updates on this feature? – TheLQ Feb 23 '13 at 14:57
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    And again, is this live and just undocumented or dead? – Oli May 23 '14 at 10:50
  • Not always hand in hand some little bug in middle – Petter Friberg Jun 23 '16 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 Aug 23 '16 at 22:20

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