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I noticed that an answer was deleted from a question that I commented on (Why would a flight from North America to Asia sometimes fly over the Atlantic?, the deleted answer had some reference to Riemann geometry).

On Math SE (which I am more familiar with) many answers get deleted, but the answer (and usually most of the non offensive comments) remain (for example, https://math.stackexchange.com/a/2871309/27978).

Why is this? It would seem useful to see deleted answers (unless they contain objectionable content, of course).

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    $\begingroup$ Apart from the answer you already got, it is generally not useful to see the deleted answers, otherwise they would not get deleted in the first place. Only users with extended moderation tool access can see them, because they need it to use those tools. $\endgroup$
    – Federico Mod
    Aug 6 '18 at 5:03
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    $\begingroup$ I find useful on MSE as I mentioned albeit the nature of MSE is different to ASE $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Aug 6 '18 at 12:15
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    $\begingroup$ that makes me wonder about why on MSE useful answers get deleted. Here we delete answers that are not useful. $\endgroup$
    – Federico Mod
    Aug 6 '18 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ On MSE it shows other approaches to solutions that did not pan out. $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Aug 6 '18 at 13:02
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    $\begingroup$ that's my point. they are useful and should not be deleted. $\endgroup$
    – Federico Mod
    Aug 6 '18 at 13:05
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    $\begingroup$ I believe they are typically deleted by the poster rather than a moderator. Certainly I have deleted answers when I realised I had made an egregious error in reading or answering. In any event, @Jamiec's answer explains my confusion. $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Aug 6 '18 at 13:30
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On mathematics.se you have enough rep to see deleted answers. Here you have not built up enough to do so.

See privileges

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    $\begingroup$ Never occurred to me. Much appreciated. $\endgroup$
    – copper.hat
    Aug 5 '18 at 21:25

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