At some point, we’ve all seen the dreaded [removed] or [deleted] sign on Reddit. Whether deleted by a trigger-happy moderator or a Redditor, there are online tools like Reveddit, Unddit, and Wayback Machine, which you can use to see these deleted posts or comments again.
Hi, I’m Devansh. I’ve often come across deleted Reddit posts and comments, and they make me curious. I wonder if the deleted content carried any value: was it useful or funny? So, knowing how to recover these posts or comments can always come in handy.
In this article, I’ll introduce Reddit’s content policy and three great tools for viewing deleted posts and comments. I’ll also answer some common questions you might have about undeleting Reddit.
If you’ve come across a [removed] or [deleted] sign on Reddit and want to uncover the mystery behind it, keep reading!
- Third-Party Tools to Recover Deleted Reddit Posts and Comments
Third-Party Tools to Recover Deleted Reddit Posts and Comments
Before talking about these tools, let’s first get familiar with the rules. Redditors can delete their own posts and comments, and deactivate their account. That being said, you’ll also come across posts and comments deleted by a moderator or a bot because they violated Reddit’s Content Policy or that particular Subreddit’s rules.
I want to acknowledge that Reddit’s Content Policy is there for a reason. But sometimes deleted posts and comments can be helpful or carry some kind of entertainment value. So, it’s worth trying to fetch them out. Now, let’s look at three third-party tools for this purpose.
Reveddit (For Flagged Content)
If you’re looking for posts or comments deleted by a moderator or a bot because they violated content guidelines, Reveddit has you covered. Here are the steps to use it.
Step 1: Open Reveddit and type in the relevant username or Subreddit in the search bar. Click ‘go.’ You can also insert ‘ve’ or ‘v’ into the Reddit URL of that page.
Step 2: You’ll see a list of deleted posts and comments based on your search term. Just scroll through the page and see if it has what you’re looking for.
Reveddit also has a collection of useful add-ons which are worth checking out. The most useful one in this context is Reveddit Linker (Chrome and Firefox), a one-click extension that instantly jumps between viewing posts and comments on Reddit and Reveddit.
Unddit (For Deleted Comments)
If you just want to view comments, Unddit is also a good option. To use it, first go to the post where you want to view deleted comments. Like Reveddit, click on the address bar and replace the ‘re’ with ‘un.’ For example, like this.
Alternatively, save the bookmarklet in your browser to make it more easily accessible. Once saved, you can just go to the post in question, click on the bookmarklet, and Unddit will display deleted comments.
If Unddit doesn’t work for you, Resavr is a worthy alternative. It only stores comments 650 words or longer. You can also view a live list of deleted comments on the main page.
Wayback Machine (For All Deleted Content)
If the above tools left much to be desired, you could always go through Wayback Machine for archived snapshots of the deleted posts or comments you’re looking for.
Step 1: Open the website, paste the deleted Reddit post link, and press Enter or Return.
Step 2: You’ll be shown a calendar. The dates where the page was captured will be highlighted in blue. Select a date while the piece of content was still available, and you can view it as it was then.
I’ve got to admit the chances of success with this website are slim. A snapshot needs to be captured when the post or comment was active. But it’s still worth giving it a shot.
Here are some common questions related to undelete Reddit posts and comments.
How to Find Deleted Reddit Posts by User?
For looking up deleted content by a specific user, you can use Reveddit. Just visit the site and enter the username. Remember that you’ll only be able to see content deleted by a moderator or bot.
Is Recovering Deleted Reddit Content Safe and Legal?
We’ve all heard the old proverb, ‘Curiosity killed the cat.’ Fortunately, recovering deleted posts and comments is safe and legal since they were initially posted for public consumption by the user. In Unddit, any posts or comments removed by the moderator appear in red, whereas user-deleted content appears in blue.
How to Ensure Your Deleted Reddit Content is Safe From These Tools?
This is the other side of the coin. You might be tempted to contact these websites individually and request them to delete the content, but the best course of action is to get in touch with Pushshift.io instead. It’s the API that both Reveddit and Unddit use to access deleted Reddit content. Visit this page and follow further instructions.
Next time you come across the [removed] or [deleted] sign on Reddit again, you’ll know exactly what to do. It’s a cool skill to have, something you’d love to show off as technical wizardry to your friends. Reveddit is suitable for viewing mod- or bot-deleted content, Unddit for all comments, and Wayback Machine for archived snapshots.
Which tool do you prefer and why? Please share with me in the comments!