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Did a question or answer you posted seemingly vanish? If so, it was probably hidden. This would mean it has been withdrawn from public access, presumably by a staff member. If you are not sure why your post was hidden (or otherwise removed, e.g. by getting closed), then you can use this thread to ask a staff member about it. Any new posts asking why questions were hidden will be hidden. Before posting, please read the steps below:

Step 1: Read the rules page. You should have done this already. The page is our best effort to list every reason why a post might be removed. The most common among them include:

  • the post was a duplicate, i.e. the question was already asked or a very similar answer already existed,
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Step 3: Check your post using the link you found. It is possible your post is public, and you've simply struggled accessing it. You'll know that it's indeed hidden if it is faded white -- in that case, proceed onward. Otherwise, it is either public or pending review -- in that case, it's simply a waiting game from this point.

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Posts here are removed over time to prevent clutter.

Hey you, did you actually read these steps before posting? In full? Ignoring things is probably what got you here in the first place!

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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.
"Question or answer you asked". Answer you asked. ANSWER YOU ASKED.
Some weirdo Hidden my Question when i was about to edit it, i wish this site can make onley the person who origonally posted the post hide/edit it
Yeah but which question? If it broke a rule then the mod who hid it was doing the right thing. And also, can you image what a wreck this site would be if mods couldn't hide other people's posts? There'd be trolls and advertisement posts everywhere, and the rules would have no meaning since people would post what they want and it couldn't be hidden.
True. But still i find it random, and kinda would be different  if it was Spam or a useless post
Yo, I don't know where to talk about this, but I come back and I look in my profile that someone changed it to something about Nazi's? The hell? I took it down, dunno how long it's been there.
No one can change your profile unless they have access to your account.
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?
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.
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.
Then how come I saw,"Is Gyrados a dragon type", once. WAY TOO TRIVIAL
The question you mentioned was asked in 2010, which was before our current rule set was established. We since developed rules like the one that blocks "trivial" posts based on what didn't work previously.
Why is action-replay a tag if third party modification and third party software is not allowed?
Because questions can involve to Action Replay but not break the rules. Your question related directly to Action Replay and how to use it, so it was not allowed as that's about the Action Replay software which isn't Pokemon. However, a post like this could involve Action Replay, but it is not the main subject of the question:
There is a quantity of posts that ask directly about how to use Action Replay in the tag that you mentioned, which I will hide. Everything else that remains, I consider to involve Action Replay in some way but asks a different sort of question (eg. "what does AR do to the game" can be argued to be about how the Pokemon game works and not predominantly about the AR software). I am sorry if the posts listed on that tag led you to believe questions like yours would be accepted.
Why was my question hidden (which was “Why did Game Freak change Gengar’s ability in Gen. VII?”)? Thank you
I didn't hide your question, but I know why it was taken down: it assumes knowledge of something that is potentially known only by the developers of the game, possibly making it unanswerable. What I will do though, is reshow it and change its wording slightly, so that it fits in better. I hope this is okay as a compromise. what i was trying to do was on neither of the rules. i need a gen 7 specific bug team and all the ones brought up on questions are gen 6 and under making it hard to find good answers.  league members have to stay up to date by at least one pokemon or move
Thought I left a message explaining the decision on that one, it must not have gone through sorry. I took it down because it's more or less open-ended and doesn't have an end solution. Whilst we do have similar threads to these, the point of those was to hopefully alleviate the need for any more of them, as they are the type that repeatedly get bumped to the front of navigation regardless of their age (which gets disruptive). Unfortunately that type of question falls within the category we try to keep limited -- I hope you understand. Again sorry for not communicating this initially.
if you did, sorry i don't know how to check messages yet. i wasn't upset about it, but i did check all 48 results, none of them had a answer i could have used, mainly because only one with what i could have used was a gen 5 specific team.
ok. i stand corrected there's some rate my teams that are good on here for this gen. i couldnt find them yesterday for some reason.
We have threads similar to that one? Which threads?
@sumwun I was referring to the 'What is a good in-game team for x game?' questions. It was poorly explained in my original comment, but basically those threads are the extent of the 'What is a good team?' questions we will ever allow.
@benjamin Glad you found something that was helpful! Mind, the decision was principally related to the question being open-ended and not because content already existed -- again I probably didn't make that very clear and I apologise.
its ok :) things happen
The reason I posted this is because sumwun said that the site was trying to prevent "new users" from spamming themselves so I thought that I had to wait a certain time until I wasn't a "new user" because in so many different places it said different answers (sumwun's answer, the question in meta) so I got confused.
@Creepy Gengar
I'm not sure why it's hidden, it could be a duplicate but to answer your question you need 30 points to post on a whole.
It was hidden since countless questions that bascially ask the same thing were already posted. I understand the distinction and why the thread was posted, but Pokemaster was pretty much fair enough taking it down.
We hold absolutely nothing against you for this sort of thing, nor for receiving flags. This sort of thing happens very often.
A few questions from your profile were removed. This was due to a lack of clarity on the precise requirements of the questions, and because they were derailed to unproductive theorising over arbitrary concepts. In short, it would be wise to make sure your written expression is clear, and that your questions deal in objective terms as is convention here.
One was also removed as it had already been covered — you may find this question helpful:
Quite Useless! You just hide my comment! I NEED INFORMATION QUESTION WAS AT MY PROFILE!
I don't know what you mean by 'information question was at my profile'. I explained why I removed your questions. Can you please be more specific as to what you want?
And while you're at it, chill out please? No reason to scream at me, thanks.
I think he means, "I need information. The questions were on my profile."
Yeah but I gave him information, lol. I don’t know what he wants from me.
Fizz I’m confused because I never saw the original question on my questions page,  so I assumed it was never posted and redid it. How come you knew about both questions existing but I couldn’t find either of them on my questions page? Does this mean that it was stuck in the spam filter and you saw both or...  Can you please explain and thanks in advance!
You’re right on all fronts, actually. Both posts showed up in the mod queue, so I let the most recent one through (I assume this is what people prefer).
You can’t see posts you submit if they’re still pending review, which is probably a fault of the software. In the end though, the post will be approved and you’ll see it on your questions page, or it’ll be removed and show up in your updates list. Rest assured, we see everything that does get submitted.
Ok then thanks so much that was actually very helpful
This is good to know
Well i don't know much about this, but i'll say this: if your question was hidden, it might have because you did something wrong in spelling or phrased it wrong
I asked about wobbuffets hatching a wobbuffet, the original was NOT on the "Are you sure your question has not been asked already?"  box when you put in the title for the question. I saw after mine was taken down/ closed that the original question was already approved, so why did it not come up in that box?
The question didn't appear in the box because the title you chose didn't match. 'Is this a breeding glitch?' has very little in common with 'Why can't I hatch a Wobbuffet in Sword/Shield?'
I posted a Lucario moveset on the "Good moveset" thread, but it got taken down. I checked, and no one else had the same one. Is it just because I didn't put in EVs or something?
Yes, I removed the Lucario movesets you posted because they didn't include EVs. I will also mention that we prefer that you post each moveset in a separate answer, so that others can vote on them separately.
There is a list of guidelines linked in the description on each moveset thread, which explains these and the other requirements for submissions to moveset threads. Please do read them. Be mindful that they are more strict than they have been in years gone by.
(Link to the post for context:
Why does my Rate My Team post keep disappearing? It follows all rules and I've tried it twice now.
@Kyogre71 you mean this post?

To be honest, I’m not sure. I’ll talk to the other mods about it.
I re-showed it; sorry for the inconvenice. I could only find the one thread linked above, though. Are you sure you submitted the post twice?
Hey, there was a ((troll)) question about whether or not homosexual Pokemon existed, and it's hidden now. Is there any particular reason, except that it's a controversial topic?
It was a dumb troll question that had no actual answer. I understand it was left up previously but it was still getting attention, and I don't feel as if it's the type of question we necessarily want people seeing.
Hm, kinda disagree about not wanting people seeing it, and whether its attention warrants it being hidden rather than "closed", but you're right about it not having an answer as such. It's more suitable to a forum I suppose, and it's more of a discussion than a cut-and-dry question and answer. Since JarJar himself said it was to get attention and expected it be removed, I don't really have a stand in trying to defend it. I agree that it might not be in the spirit of the site and the image we maintain, but is there anyway a non (Editor/Mod) might access the question?
If we had the link we could still access it. My point was just that it doesn't suit the kind of content style we want, it's obviously there just to be annoying and controversial and like you said for attention. I personally don't see a reason for such a silly question to be up there for no reason.
@Fizz thanks :) and I'm pretty sure I did it twice, why?
There is no second post, is all. If you did submit the post multiple times, we would have asked which you wanted to keep.
I am puzzled as to why my question was Hidden.

The reasoning given was that the answer was subjective.

I don't know whether the question was misinterpreted or something, but the answer I was looking for is not subjective at all. I was looking for a compiled list of which Pokémon are used by the different Trainer Classes in the games (specifically Gen 1, but others would be nice). So, Bug Catchers use: Caterpie, Weedle, etc. and Jr. Trainers use: Rattata, Nidoran, etc.
Yes, I misunderstood your question; my bad. I re-showed it. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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I think the Taco person closed a bunch of long-unanswered questions in the past few weeks. While I agree that some of them were dumb and probably better off closed, there are at least 10 that I think should be reopened.
I don't see how anyone can argue against the claim that people like shiny hunting. There are multiple Internet communities dedicated to it. The answer to this question might help shiny hunters who have no access to real Japanese Pokemon.
If finding the answer would take too much work for what it's worth, why did it get 4 up-votes? And why did I do the work to find it? Please re-open this so I can really answer the question.
There is a Bulbapedia admin who is asking the same question. For those of you who don't know Tiddlywinks, he/she/it is the one who undoes other peoples' edits for being too trivial.
Again, people like shiny hunting. If there's a question that might make chaining easier, why would people not want to know the answer?
If glitch research is trivial, why does Bulbapedia have 164 pages in its glitches category?
I haven't played a MD game, so I can't say for sure that this question is useful. Did whoever closed it play a MD game? If no, how can he/she/it be sure that the question is not useful?
The answer to this question can give me rare berries.
This can answer other questions, such as "I just found a level 6 Magikarp. Should I train it to level 13 or try to catch a level 13 Magikarp?" If people can find encounter chances for tall grass, why can't they do the same for fishing?
Knowing more about rematching regular trainers will make farming EVs and money easier.
If this is trivial, why did it get 7 up-votes?

"The Taco person"
Yeah I think you're right, a lot of those aren't bad questions per se, just difficult to answer.
I think while not rule breaking, if some questions are borderline unanswerable then I don't necessarily see a reason for it to be up there, but also theres no reason for it to not be there since it's possible that someone does eventually find a way to answer it or if information is found via datamining or new methods.

It comes down again to the new guidelines we work on, and whether or not incredibly trivial and unhelpful questions have a place here, something we're unsure about. It basically comes down to opinion, which isn't incredibly helpful I know.

I won't reopen much because I want to hear some opinions from others before we go around overturning other auth's decisions. Many of these have been open for a long period of time, which goes someway to explain why they'd eventually be closed, but again it is possible that they'll eventually be answered.

Oh and in the future, if the question has an actual reason to it, say so. For example, with you wanting to get rare berries from the palpark catching show question, you should have mentioned that it has an actual purpose in the first place.
I agree with what PX said. Especially his last paragraph. When you say "please don't question my curiosity," it makes your questions seem a lot more trivial, as it makes it seem like your reason(s) for wanting to know the answer are either stupid or nothing more than "just because". If you legitimately think that a question that seems trivial has good application, give a good reason as to why you're asking it.

I'd also like to point out that, if you do have the answer to a question closed due to how trivial it is, just comment on it saying that you don't think it's too trivial to deserve to be closed and you have the answer.
I don’t think “just because” is necessarily a bad reason. Sometimes things are interesting without having much use, especially the more technical things.

I think I’ve said this before but I don’t think it’s a problem to have unanswered questions here. Look at any Q&A site, they have hundreds or thousands of unanswered questions. We do very well comparatively.

I’ll take a closer look at the questions listed above and reopen any I think are worth keeping.
I can start explaining myself better, but what about all those other "trivial" or "low quality" closed questions? Why do editors get to close them just because the askers haven't read this comment chain (which will likely be hidden in a few days) and the editor can't imagine how the question is "useful"?

@Pokemaster Now that you're here, can you look at this? I personally think it's more important than closed questions.
Upvotes don't justify the relevance or trivial nature of the question. Anyone can upvote.

I'm going to second the "Don't question my curiosity" assessment however, even though Pokemaster gave his own opinion. It tends to connotate a lack of purpose of use and the doesn't affect the question in any positive way.
"The people who up-voted this question want to know the answer." doesn't count as a purpose?
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I don't see any reason to hide my post.besides,you can't even check EV's in Pokemon X.Not my problem!

1. save your game
2. use a reset bag in Super Training
3. write down what EVs your Pokemon lost
4. soft-reset your game
We will not re-show this thread. In the comment I left on it, I explained why I removed it, and the reasoning stands. As stated in the rules page (which I also linked), you need to include EVs, natures and abilities, in addition to the information you already provided, to submit a team on the RMT section. Furthermore, all teams must explicitly be for competitive purposes. The team you posted was clearly an in-game team, and not bred or trained specifically for competition.
Using a repurposed in-game team would also explain your difficulty including EVs in your thread. Competitive players breed Pokemon and plan EV training in advance, so they know what stats their Pokemon have. If you aren't doing this, then the suggestion to start is more important than any strategic advice you'd have gotten on the RMT section, anyway.
If this level of competitive play just isn't for you, then plain and simple: you can't use the RMT area. Sorry.
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My post was hidden on an Infernape Moveset page, for a perfectly good reason, but when I tried to fix my mistake by posting a new one, it didn't work. Is there any way my post could be unhidden so I can fix the mistake?

Can you be more specific about what happened when you tried to make another post?
In any case, I found your moveset and it is fine. I re-showed it and it is now public.
Whoops, sorry. I guess I messed up, sorry.
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This question was closed for being a dupe of another question with a similar name. However, they are clearly different.

I have reopened the question, it wasn't obvious by wording but they are different questions
That's fair. I can see that.