Why are (topic deleted by author) messages shown?

Why are deleted topics shown on the front page? Why are they shown at all?


I think they disappear after a while.

I think it’s an anti-spam/abuse measure, to prevent malicious actors from posting spam/abusive messages (so the messages or the titles get some visibility) then deleting them before they can get reported to moderators. This way they stay around in a deleted state for some time (a day I think?), so if there were tons of them it would be noticeable and folks could check the history/edits to report them if needed.


Thanks for the explanation!

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