In some circumstances, answers get replaced with a message saying (example for high rep users)

This answer was marked as spam or rude or abusive and is therefore not shown - you can see the revision history for details.
locked by Community♦ Feb 12 at 1:00
deleted as spam or offensive Feb 12 at 1:00
by Community♦

However, this answer (also only available for high rep users) was flagged with "Rude and abusive", the flag was regarded as helpful, and the answer was deleted by a diamond mod (not Community), but hasn't had its text replaced.

What's the difference between the two moderation actions? Was the former automatic as a result of receiving a lot of flags, or is there some "nuke the answer" switch a diamond mod can use against an answer, which was used against the former but not against the latter?

  • 1
    If you'd like the content to be hidden flag it for moderator attention explaining why. That's what I usually do.
    – JoErNanO Mod
    Feb 18, 2017 at 12:04
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    You're right! Don't know what happened there. Maybe I clicked on the first link instead.
    – Golden Cuy
    Feb 25, 2017 at 23:19

1 Answer 1


A post (question or answer) gets replaced with "not shown" message if it was deleted via a flag. This happens when a post gets either

  • 6 flags in total of the "spam" and "rude/abusive" kinds
  • 1 such flag from a moderator

In all other cases, the content is still shown to 10K users: for example, if there were fewer than 6 flags and a moderator opted to click delete rather than flag.

Reference: Post content not removed after spam/offensive flag (where some discussion of possible changes to the system was had; but to my knowledge, no such changes were made yet).

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