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"Why was my post hidden?" — the mega-thread

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Did a question or answer you posted seemingly vanish? It was probably hidden. If you are not sure why, then please use this thread to ask. Any new posts asking why questions were hidden will be hidden. Please follow these steps before posting:

Step 1: Read the rules. 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 one for every Pokemon)
  • 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, or they may be unsatisfactory because they are incorrect or hard to read due to poor grammar.

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, otherwise we have to search though and endless list of hidden posts to find the one you're talking about.

Once you have posted, 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. Remember that is thread is about learning what you did wrong and not complaining about it.

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). Have a bit of patience, sometimes due to inconsistencies with time zones it takes several hours for us to do this.

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how do I find the link to a hidden post?
if the main cause of delay is time zones, shouldn't it take less than 24 hours to get a post approved?
How do I get the link to a question of mine that was hidden?
For some reason, people think that I STOLE other people's answers. But I didn't. It was a coincidence. Now I look like I don't know the REAL answers...
P.S. I'm not trying to argue, I'm just saying how much it embarrasses me.
MikaMiku, I assume your comment is in reference to the post I left on your wall? If that's the case, I want to make it clear that I never accused you of stealing other user's answers -- at least, I did not intend for it to come across that way. I simply wanted to explain the reason why I had made the decision to hide some of the answers you had posted, which was that they didn't add any new detail. They communicated the same ideas as the existing answers, and didn't add any important detail that would warrant posting a new answer and bumping the thread up in activity feeds.
Posts on old questions are welcomed if they add substantial detail or correct an error in the existing answer/s. Most of the answers you posted didn't satisfy this criteria, and were treated as such. (I did approve one of them, as it did add some useful detail that the existing answer lacked. http://pokemondb.net/pokebase/254966?show=269169#a269169)
I do find it somewhat difficult to believe it is mere "coincidence" that your answers, posted months after the existing ones, communicate the exact same ideas and even use some of the same analogies used in the existing responses. But regardless, the answers don't add important detail and would flood activity feeds with old posts if they were shown. They will remain hidden.

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Alrighty now. This isn't my post, it's Ninja's.

I am talking about the post where Ninja hosted the art event near the release of ORAS.

I feel like the artwork should still be displayed that I have made, among others.

Just put something like "[Canned]" in the title.


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How long did that contest even go for? Did it go for the amount of time it was meant to go for? I barely remember it, nor did I really care about it.
This might seem like a necropost, but it hasn't really been answered either (or the answer isn't known to us but is to the asker). Just genuine curiosity as to why it was hidden.
Don't posts on this thread get hidden every few months?
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Uhm, why was my answer hidden at this post?
I answered the question normally and didn't break any rules.

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You didn't give the full answer. You didn't even bother to look up the chance of ice punch causing a freeze.
I had to answer quickly.
Rules are rules. Stuff happens if you don't follow them.
Sumwum, let the person who hid the answer/a mod state the reason the question was hidden, this only creates confusion and hostility.
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I asked for the moveset of one of the pokemon in Sun and Moon, which DID NOT have a moveset already, and my post was removed.

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It is made clear on the "ask a question" page and in the rules that moveset questions for the new Pokemon will be handled by a dedicated account for such threads -- this account is MovesetBot. (It is done this way to regulate the flow of these threads and prevent them clogging the site.) Moveset threads should not be posted on other accounts and your post was removed for this reason.