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Recently, a major change was announced:

  • Deleted questions will be visible to their authors, regardless of those authors' reputation. They won't be linked to anywhere that they're not already linked, but if someone knows where to find their question and it's been deleted, they should always be able to view it.

All good and much desired. However looking now at one of my own deleted questions (on Movies site) I found couple of problems:

  1. Even though the "edit" link is disabled with "Post is deleted" title which is correct, the "retag" link is still active:

    More then that: I was able to retag successfully but then it leads to the next issue...

  2. I can't see the revisions of the deleted question, getting the generic Page Found error. It was already reported and fixed for own deleted answers, but probably questions are somewhat different behind the scenes so that fix didn't apply for the recent change.
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Shouldn't the owner be able to edit their deleted content? I can edit other people's deleted content and flag it for undeletion, so I don't see why the owner of the post couldn't either. – Rachel May 2 '13 at 11:56
"Roomba turbocharging" LOL – MDeSchaepmeester May 2 '13 at 11:57
@Rachel assumed it's part of the restrictions but maybe you're right.. not sure about that. – Shadow Wizard May 2 '13 at 11:57
10K+ users can see deleted questions and it's revisions. So it should be visible for OP. – hims056 May 2 '13 at 11:59
@MarioDeSchaepmeester I took it as a reference to this post: :-) – Monolo May 2 '13 at 12:25
@Monolo indeed, I link to that post in the first sentence of my question. :) – Shadow Wizard May 2 '13 at 12:26
@ShaWizDowArd didn't care to click since you summarised the announcement in 3 lines. It remains funny though. – MDeSchaepmeester May 2 '13 at 12:28
We're apparently a bunch of lazy non-clickers, here. :-) – Monolo May 2 '13 at 12:36
Yeah, I think editing should be enabled. That way it's consistent with deleted answers as well, which the author can edit and flag for moderator attention if needed. – Adam Lear May 7 '13 at 22:13
@Anna while you're are it, in case the team will work on this please remind them of ancient bug that allows users with 2K rep (or even 500, not sure) to see deleted posts by directly going to their edit link. I'm pretty sure the devs (especially Nick and Mark) are aware of that so this will be a great opportunity to kill two bugs at once. :) – Shadow Wizard May 8 '13 at 7:53
The reason we decided to keep the edit link disabled was that if we allowed edits on the deleted question (for low rep users), this could mean that a nefarious edit could be made (spam, defacement, whatever). If then the person waited before un-deleting, the post wouldn't be bumped to front page and could remain hidden for quite a while. @Anna and Sha - this is not written in stone, but that's what Shog and I agreed on when the change was made. Thoughts? – Oded May 8 '13 at 10:02
As for "retag" - not really a problem anymore, as it is dead. – Oded May 8 '13 at 10:20
@Oded but deleted questions aren't indexed anymore (unless the bot will impersonate 10K user) so can't see any harm is spam hidden for all eternity. IMO the gain would be more than the loss. – Shadow Wizard May 8 '13 at 10:39
@ShaWizDowArd - You missed the last step - wait and then un-delete. It will not be bumped and will get indexed. And we may not notice for a long time. Don't forget - a user can now see their own deleted questions (if they have the link). – Oded May 8 '13 at 10:40
Ah. Should have defaulted to a 6-8 weeks answer then. – Oded May 8 '13 at 11:49
up vote 10 down vote accepted

The issue with retag being different from edit is moot, as retag is gone.

With edit, it is now enabled on deleted questions, unless they are self deletes, as this can open a window to abuse (self delete, edit and later undelete immediately).

You can now also see revisions on your own deleted question, just like it is already possible with answers.

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May be a new status: status-feature-gone ??? – hims056 May 9 '13 at 12:32
Awesomeness in its best! Just noticed one minor glitch, still thinking if it's worth reporting. – Shadow Wizard May 9 '13 at 12:36
@ShaWizDowArd - If you don't someone else will. Might as well get it from someone who knows how to report such things ;) – Oded May 9 '13 at 12:54
Done. :-) – Shadow Wizard May 9 '13 at 13:30
Where is the abuse in editing a self-deleted question? – sth Jan 16 '15 at 22:56
@sth - write a question, delete, edit into spam the next day, undelete. Doesn't show up on the front page or most other lists, thus evades detection. – Oded Jan 17 '15 at 7:27

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