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If a question is marked as a duplicate or is closed, should I delete it?

Nope, leave it in place. Someone could search with phrasing more similar to what you used than the original. See : SE Meta: If your question is closed as a duplicate, should you delete it? SE Meta: ...
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Is undeleting a potential duplicate acceptable?

We should not actively delete duplicates. But we also should err on the side of respecting a poster’s wishes. I do not think it would be remotely appropriate to undelete a self-deleted question ...
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What to do about undeleting this deleted question (10K only)?

In this case, the question should be undeleted Full disclosure: I cast the undelete vote mentioned on the question (before seeing this meta post). My reasoning was following the help section on ...
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If a question is marked as a duplicate or is closed, should I delete it?

No You should not delete questions closed as a duplicate. Those serve as signposts to the primary question and can help those thinking of the question in a different way discover it. You could ...
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How do I judge "no lasting value whatsoever"?

Helpfully, we've got an objective frame of reference available: the system automatically deletes questions under certain conditions. I'll summarise the points relevant to this discussion (leaving ...
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Delete an unanswered question if I no longer need the answer?

I don’t think anyone’s going to undelete your question if you delete it. Even if they did, it’s not like you’d be “in trouble” for it or anything. You could even, if you wanted nothing more to do with ...
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Why did the Community user delete one meta post by a deleted user, but not another?

From the FAQ: The system will automatically delete any question (and its answers) or answer with a score less than 0 when its owner's account is deleted. One of those posts scores < 0, ...
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Delete this post for me

I deleted the question in... question. Sorry, I didn’t even see this meta before I did it, I was just responding to multiple flags on the Q and mod message discussion. But the question(s) were a ...
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Answering off-topic questions

You should not answer off-topic questions Other Stackizens have written about this so I will quote from the top answers of each of the following MSE posts: Should I answer off-topic questions? Is it ...
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Delete this post for me

We do not delete questions on request When you submit material to the site you grant the site an irrevocable license to use the material, forever. We do not remove material on request, and especially ...
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Can there be recourse for answers to deleted or closed questions?

Since this would require SE-wide changes to the site's functionality, I went to meta.se to see if it's been suggested there. It has. Ironically the question itself was closed as a duplicate--the two ...
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Are deleted questions visible?

Deleted questions are visible to those with over 10k rep but only if you have a direct link to it. They do not show up in listings and are not searchable because of the sensitivity of deleted content. ...
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Why was this question about VtM dice mechanics deleted?

The question was deleted at the request of the original poster. In large part because it was cross posted on another stack. You can find the stat.se version of the question here: https://stats....
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Am I supposed to be able to add tags to a deleted question?

You can edit deleted posts other than your self-deleted questions You can find this clarified in this general meta post: No one can edit a locked post. The author of a deleted post can edit it ...
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Delete this post for me

I don't usually like to vote to delete content that could be helpful to other users. The reason you can't delete the question yourself is because of the answers to the question. Clearly, enough users ...
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How can I see a reply to my comment on a deleted question?

There is no regular way to do that, sorry. Once you have 10k reputation you'll be able to see deleted posts and this won't be an issue, but before then you won't be able to see replies like this. ...
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I'm sure there was an Advanced Fighting Fantasy question somewhere - what happened to it?

Is this the one?: Is the way my GM is using smite correct? I've added back the tag. It likely expired on account of not having a description, so I've added one. (There are no deleted questions about ...
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Deletion of a Q

Sure, I've deleted it. Enjoy. Keep in mind that we don't always delete questions at the OP's request - there's a reason the system doesn't allow that after there's upvoted answers. Maybe you've ...
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Answering off-topic questions

You should not answer off-topic questions. However, ... Reasonable people can disagree about whether a particular question is on or off-topic. If you think it's on topic, you should answer it even if ...
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Delete an unanswered question if I no longer need the answer?

Don't delete it - answer it You asked a question. That's good. You now know the answer. That's better. Armed with this knowledge, you now answer your original question so it is an ongoing benefit to ...
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How can I find my deleted questions?

As the other 2 answers have already mentioned you can find your most recently deleted questions by going to your profile's "activity" tab, selecting "questions", scrolling to the bottom and clicking ...
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Can there be recourse for answers to deleted or closed questions?

Questions tend to be closed for one of two reasons: The question is unclear, not a question, or in some other way not answerable in its present form. The question cannot be answered on SE because of ...
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What to do about undeleting this deleted question (10K only)?

Undelete it Please see this relevant meta question, which indicate that content once posted nominally belongs to the site, and that high rep users can vote to undelete much as they can vote to delete....
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Delete this post for me

Potential X-Y Problem and setting expectations You may be looking at an X-Y problem, but I'm not sure that's the case. Understanding why you are looking for this list may be a better way for the site ...
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