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There is a question on Judaism.SE that got deleted by the Community user. This question isn't terrible (we have worse one's there), and I'm not complaining about this question in particular.

I wanted to vote to undelete it. However, it says "A moderator has deleted this post and it cannot be undeleted". This "moderator" is Community!

I understand if a "real" live human moderator (no offense to all non-humans out here) deleted this question that we can't override it. But this is a Robot! It sees that it got a downvote, no answer and little activity for a while and just deletes it.

Can we have "Community user" have rights to delete, but have those "deletions" subject to normal-person override?

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You know most moderators aren't humans, right? Did you really thought a human being would actually volunteer to clean up crap all day long? –  Yannis Apr 4 '13 at 23:40
@Yannis but they pretend to be –  Shmuel Brin Apr 4 '13 at 23:42
In the unlikely event that a question does get deleted by the Community ♦ user, which someone genuinely wants to keep, what's wrong with casting a moderator flag asking for it to be reinstated? –  Robert Harvey Apr 4 '13 at 23:59
@Shmuel Brin: I don't. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 5 '13 at 5:25
Unicorns feed on misery and poop joy. –  Amicable Apr 5 '13 at 9:43
@RobertHarvey, somebody has to notice it happened. (This question came to my attention because of such a flag; how the flagger noticed the deletion I do not know.) –  Monica Cellio Apr 5 '13 at 15:50
@MonicaCellio I go through judaism.stackexchange.com/tools at times –  Shmuel Brin Apr 5 '13 at 16:12
@ShmuelBrin so do I, but hadn't in the last few days. If any sort of alert were generated (e.g. to the OP), that would help. –  Monica Cellio Apr 5 '13 at 16:26
The question can always be asked again. –  Seth J May 3 '13 at 21:52

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

While I agree, I think it's too much of an edge case to actually waste dev time to implement a solution for it.

If you want it undeleted, just flag for a moderator and they'll undelete it for you. If the question isn't crap as you say, there won't be any problems.

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This. The need to reverse a Community deletion is just too rare to justify dev time. –  Yannis Apr 5 '13 at 10:30
I disagree. I think a developer's time is best spent improving the site however that may be. However, as I stated in my comment on the question, the question can always be asked again. –  Seth J May 3 '13 at 21:53
Still, your point about flagging for a moderator is well taken. +1 from me. –  Seth J May 3 '13 at 21:55

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