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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.

asked Aug 10, 2012 by Pokemaster
edited Aug 30, 2014 by ƒιzz
Mods can't edit profiles? Can Pokemaster?
Pokemaster can, but only he.
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?

7 Answers

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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.


answered Apr 1 by Le Scraf
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.
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I don't get why my question was hidden: http://pokemondb.net/pokebase/245314/need-help-with-my-reshiram

I need help with something, so I come to the best Question and Answer forum I know, and then my question gets hidden, I kinda feel like you don't like having new members be active.
I'm truly disappointed...

answered Jun 9 by PeaBrain
"This question has been hidden by its author."

Did you hide it yourself?
Ah yes I see
I didn't know I could, maybe I pressed the wrong button :P
Ok, whatever, just don't mind me. Sorry for wasting your time :c
It still says it's waiting approval though... I hope it doesn't really get hidden after that...
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I didn't see anything wrong with it...but was it on unanswered too long? Maybe no one knew the answer? I really needed to know...

answered Jun 15 by AegiDash
It was unanswered for too long, with no progress. The same happened for my "Will the Mew Glitch work on the SNES?" question.
Oh well then...thanks.
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I answered a question on why Gyarados is flying type despite seemingly having no wings to fly, having more than significantly added to the previous answer and corrected some misconceptions. I am wondering why up till now it still says 'Your answer will be checked and approved shortly.' since it is over 24 hours? If it is because of the Chinese characters, just inform me and I'll remove them.


answered Jun 19 by MengJiaxin
It has been approved now. Can't really explain the long delay though, I'm sure someone would have gone through the admin and approved posts within those 24 hours. All I can say is that it shouldn't happen again.
Thank you. I really only joined to ensure my answers would be of use, so it meant alot that you approved it for me.
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I have a question about why this post was NOT hidden; only after I posted it I realized that it was a duplicate of something else. did the moderators not realize this either?

answered Jun 20 by sumwun
Well yeah. It's not like we go around checking each and every question to see if it's a duplicate.
in that case, the list of possible duplicates should be longer.
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I just started to use this site since I'm getting more interested in competitive battling. I put up a question and feel like I followed the rules? I dunno, I probably screwed up. I just kinda wish to know what I did wrong, or about how long I should wait before checking in on my stuff. My profile says I've posted 0 questions so I'm assuming it got rejected. I'd like to follow all the rules, and I even based my format off of another question I saw. Just let me know what I did wrong please.

answered Jul 28 by triforcemeralds
You did nothing wrong, the question has just been waiting for approval. Mods like myself manually check posts from newer users before they're shown to the public. Since we can't check it constantly, it can take a while before we approve your post.
I've approved the post now, you can find it here; http://pokemondb.net/pokebase/rmt/41619/critique-my-team-please
Sorry for the inconvenience :(
Ah, no problem. Like I said, I'm really new at this. Thanks for responding so quickly!
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Why was this question hidden? It was perfectly legitimate and had a good answer. I found it useful before it was hidden.

answered Jul 27 by sumwun
Because it had 5 flags
Why did so many people flag it? It was not a duplicate. I explicitly said so in the comments.