If I answer a question, the answer text area and "Post Your Answer" button disappear and a new button "Post Another Answer" appears (so far so good).
If I then delete my answer, the "Post Another Answer" button stays, when it seems the page should revert to the initial "Post Your Answer" state.
Further, if after deleting my answer I now click the "Post Another Answer" button, a pop-up asks if I would like to edit my existing answer to improve it instead - the same message I get it I hadn't deleted the answer.
While it is possible to edit a deleted answer, it seems way more likely that if I click "Post Another Answer" after deleting an previous answer that I now want to post another different answer, so asking about editing the original (deleted) answer seems nonsensical.
It would seem better when there are no non-self-deleted own answers to do either:
- The user should see the text area and a "Post Your Answer" button - ie deleting all own answers restores the initial state, or
- If "Post Another Answer" is clicked when there is no warning pop-up
I would prefer option 1, but either seems like an improvement. The basic premise is that if I delete my own post I'm declaring it "closed". If on the rare occasion I want to edit a deleted post, I'll know that I want to do that and do it directly.
The use case was that I got some downvotes for an answer and wanted to deleted it to discard the negative reputation, but then wanted to post a completely different answer.
Had I simply edited the answer, I would not have reclaimed the reputation and since the downvoter(s) are anonymous, I couldn't inform them that the answer had completely changed so they could then consider removing the downvote. Much simpler to start clean.
The existing functionality seems OK if your post was not self-deleted - eg if a mod deleted it - then asking to edit the deleted answer seems reasonable.