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So it seems that when a question has been deleted by a moderator, it's not coming back. Whether or not one agrees with that, it would be nice if such a post (example, requires 10k natch) didn't even have a clickable undelete button, rather than tempting the user with a button which first alert()s, then goes off to the server, then says no.

Maybe it should have a struck-through undelete, with appropriate tooltip, a la my favourite answer to the dual question about deletion.

edit updated question to suggest disablement, rather than out-and-out removal

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+1 for the tooltip, but I'm against hiding the button –  Pëkka Sep 5 '11 at 11:26
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I am totally in favor of removing nonfunctional buttons. One of the most important design principles is not violating user expectations. Don't set them up (ooh look a handy undelete button) just to make them fall and waste their time. –  Matthew Read Sep 5 '11 at 16:20
    
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@PaddedCell Hmm, interesting, not sure I disagree with that logic. But they're already hiding the Edit button when there's a pending suggestion and so on, so it should be consistent! –  Matthew Read Oct 7 '11 at 14:42

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Hiding the button is not good rather than, when an user clicks on undelete button, it should show some proper message.

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Why? The easiest way to say "you can't undelete this" is to not provide a method of undeletion. Your method just wastes the user's time, having made them think "undelete" would, y'know, undelete. Bad design. –  Matthew Read Sep 5 '11 at 16:18
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@Matthew Then we'd start getting "why isn't there an undelete button on my answer" questions here. –  balpha Oct 7 '11 at 10:02

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