I deleted one of my questions, posted with an unclosed proposal, and I want to undelete it. How can I find it?

  • First get a time machine... Are you talking about a question on a proposal or in the Discussion Zone? May 20, 2016 at 13:51
  • @JamesJenkins On a proposal. See edit.
    – gerrit
    May 20, 2016 at 13:55

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I do not recall if deleted example questions are viewable except to moderators (apparently not). Here is a list of your deleted questions.

  • Railways & Railroads: How does vertical integration affect passenger rail performance?
  • Expatriates: I've heard that foreigners living in China may sometimes be exempted by the Great Firewall. Is this true, false, or conditionally true?
  • Earth Science: Why we should observe an increment on the mean intensity in rainfalls and an increment on mean dry days with global warming?
  • Earth Science: Why has the discovery rate of Trans-Neptunian Objects declined in recent years?
  • Earth Science: What defines the edge of the Solar System if minor planets such as Sedna have their aphelion beyond the termination shock?
  • Can you see edit history on proposal questions too? May 20, 2016 at 14:28
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    @JamesJenkins No, edit history did not make it into the repurposed Q&A code that became Area 51. May 20, 2016 at 14:43

You can see questions that you posted on proposals by going to your profile on the main site. Select the tab 'activity' and then select 'posts' this will show questions that still exist. Mine are here

The list that I see is NOT complete. In my experience questions on proposals do NOT have history. They are current value only. No edit history (example) is available. Only current state is available. Once you delete it is gone from area 51. See also I just lost 1k+ rep

  • So your answer is that it's not possible.
    – gerrit
    May 20, 2016 at 14:06
  • Correct, unless you have a time machine... Which is not out of the question. If the question was up for a while it might have been captured by a 3rd party (Google, etc), who still has it some place. But unless you run for public office it probably will be difficult to find. Now if it was potentially embarrassing and you were running for president of the US, someone would find it. Other than the SE backup files, it is gone. While there is some chance it could be recovered, for practical purposes you can consider it not possible. May 20, 2016 at 14:11

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