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Did a question or answer you asked seemingly vanish? It was probably hidden. If you are not sure why, then please use this thread to ask. Any new questions asking why questions were hidden will be hidden.

Step 1: Read the rules. They are fairly simple. The most common reasons questions are hidden are:

  • being purely opinion e.g. "what is your favorite Pokemon"
  • being on the wrong section e.g. a team question on Pokebase instead of Battle Subway
  • on team questions, not including all the required information (Moves, Ability, Items, Nature, EVs or Roles).
  • on team questions, being in-game teams instead of competitive teams
  • way too trivial e.g. "what level does Bulbasaur evolve at?"
  • a moveset question (we already have them)
  • duplicates of other questions

For answers, they may be hidden if you answer many days later with no new information than what's already there.

Step 2: Read the rules again because you probably didn't read them close enough.

Step 3: Read the rules again.

Step 4: Re-read the rules before posting because you probably ignored the majority of this post.

Step 5: If you are sure you didn't break any rules, post an answer here asking why your question was hidden. Obviously include a link to the question/answer you are asking about.

Then a mod or senior user will comment and tell you what rule you broke. When they do tell you, do not argue with them - they have been here long enough to know the rules. Just accept that you broke a rule and move on. Plus, it shows how mature you can be.


Also, if you posted a question or answer and it doesn't show up straight away then it probably needs to be approved. There is a message that tells you this when it happens. A Moderator or Editor will get to it soon and approve it (or reject it if it breaks the rules).

asked Aug 10, 2012 by Pokemaster
edited Feb 12, 2013 by Pokemaster
Excuse me PM, but I answered a question and it took a while to make sure it was approved, and by the time it got approved, two people had already answered the question after me. But since it only just got approved, a moderator thought that I had answered the question after the other two had, so my post got hidden. Why did it take so long to get approved?
Because no one was on to approve it when it was posted. You see Editors and Mods are the ones that approve posts, so if an Editor or Mod isn't on, your post doesn't get approved until one comes on and approves it.

4 Answers

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This question was hidden even though I read the rules. Please explain why.

answered Apr 18 by AegisDatLash
I didn't get this one either.
Tjeru heru?? you maybe meant that 3 headed dog from Harry Potter Cerebus or something
I know my mythology and I meant the Tjeru Heru, not Cerberus because Cerby is a dog and has 3 heads.
I've never watched harry potter. lol
It's a question that probably can't be completely answered. All we could give you is theories unless Gamefreak stated at one point that it was.
That said, I don't know why it was hidden. There are lots of questions like that on Pokebase.
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answered May 23 by Crimson1
Just to clarify, you meant this answer on that question, right? http://pokemondb.net/pokebase/13167/what-is-a-good-moveset-for-volcarona?show=198958#a198958
Because the question you linked isn't hidden, and it wasn't asked by you.
I posted a moveset answer, and it was declined.
Probably didn't have one or more requirements.

EVs, Nature, Item, Ability, and moves.
It had all the requirements, and I've seen other answers that don't.
Then two points.
1. The moveset was already posted
2. It was just crap. And someone decided to reject it.
It was a defensive Volcarona. But I don't think it was that bad, and I don't think it should have been rejected.
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Why was this hidden?
It was already answered anyway.

answered Jun 5 by Sceptile_03
Doesn't matter if a question is already answered.
But I still don't see any reason for it to be hidden
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Why was my post declined:

'Dragonite works well on a rain team having different weaknesses to the commonly used water type Pokemon and - even though it's attack stat is higher, at 134 [base] - it has a moveset that could accompany it well as a special sweeper. Multiscale and leftovers is a good combo as Dragonite can hold out against powerful attacks long enough to sweep a few Pokemon. Also, some people may assume that your Dragonite, like many others, is physically offensive due to it's attack stat being highly superior and so send out a Pokemon with high physical defence not special defence allowing for easier sweeps.

Dragonite@Leftovers
Ability: Multiscale
Nature: Modest (+Special Attack, -Attack)
Characteristic: Mischievous
EVs: 252 Special Attack, 128 Special Defence, 128 Defence
Movest: Thunder..... Powerful electric attack with full accuracy in rain
Hurricane................... Powerful STAB flying attack with full accuracy in rain
Draco Meteor........... Powerful STAB dragon type move
Focus Blast................. Powerful fighting move that is super effective against ice types

Dragonite's best stat is it's attack by far which is supported by numerous, physical, moves - including those with STAB. In fact, a Dragonite could function well on a sunny day team.

Dragonite@Lum Berry
Ability: Multiscale
Nature: Adamant (+Attack, - Special Attack)
Characteristic: Likes to thrash about
EVs: 252 Attack, 128 Special Defence, 128 Defence
Movest: Dragon Dance..... Increases Attack and Speed to set-up for a sweep
Outrage.................................... Powerful STAB dragon type move
Thunder Punch..................... Gives a sunny day team variety and covers it's likely water
..................................................... weakness (as a team overall: mostly fire types)
Fire Punch/Rock slide........ Super effective against Dragonite's weakness to ice and
...................................................... either has more power - because of sunny day - or hits both
...................................................... opponents - in a double battle - as well as giving the team
...................................................... variety concerning it's overall moveset'

http://pokemondb.net/pokebase/175114/special-or-physical-attacking-dragonite

My answer appears to fit the rules: if it doesn't then the only other answer/the question should also be removed. I know my answer was similar to the only other one but my post has added information about the type of team a Dragonite can be on (weather teams) and talking about how a special attacking Dragonite is good - even though the stat is lower that attack - because it is not forseen as a possibility by as many players as an attacking Dragonite. Dragonite's proposed moveset's also differ from the other answer.

Any help is appreciated.

answered Jun 8 by The Big Fudge
I hid that, for these reasons:
1. It didn't add much info. Most of the stuff you added could have been added equally as well as a comment.
2. It was an old post, and posting on old stuff is frowned upon unless you can correct an incorrect answer or add a significant amount of info.
3. It was already getting flagged, so even if I left it the other members of the site would simply flag it until it hides itself after the fifth flag.
If you have any questions, comment back and I'll assist you in any way I can. :)
Oh, i thought he asked the question xD
Thanks for explaining that fizz.
No problem! :)
And you are supposed to post different movesets as different answers so they can be voted up separately.  Just thought I'd add that.