It's fairly common to see someone referring to an edit or deleted comment, but without the original item they're referring to, there's no context.

Is there a way to view the edit history of a question and/or answer? Or see a deleted comment? I would assume either feature would require a certain amount of rep, so if these features exist, how much is needed?

Also, if this feature doesn't exist, is it something we can add, like a History tab?

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The text "edited x minutes/hours/days ago" under the post is a link to the post's history, including locks, close and reopen, delete and undelete, and which everyone can see*. Moderators can see deleted comments, but no one else can.

*: edits by the same user within 5 minutes fall into a "grace period" and no record of those edits is kept.

  • Ah, I didn't realize that worked for other people's posts as well. Thanks Kevin - accepted!
    – Omegacron
    Dec 24, 2014 at 20:47

There's another option as well: the timeline.

If you take the URL of a post, for instance


and change "questions" to "posts" and replace everything after the post id with "timeline", you get to see the timeline of a post:


  • Nope, they did remember to hide deleted comments from it. Darn =P
    – Izkata
    Dec 24, 2014 at 21:09

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