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I had a -20 reputation in my inbox today because a moderator came in and deleted an answer on a question:

Best Publish/Subscribe library in JavaScript

My answer was a short description of the pros/cons of one of the options requested in the question, PubSubJS:

PubSubJS publishes messages using setTimeout, which can make things difficult to debug.

While I realize it may not make sense to have any answers to a closed question, if the question is closed why not just let sleeping dogs lie? The answer I originally had there doesn't break any of the rules - it responds to the request for pros/cons of the frameworks. Sometime after I answered the question was closed - but why the delete? I can't even propose to have it undeleted because they're a moderator.

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Your answer was flagged 3 times for being a link-only answer, and the moderator simply responded to those flags. It was one sentence starting with the link.

You can still request it be undeleted, even when it was a diamond mod that deleted it, but I would at least expand the answer to contain a little more.. body.

Do note that the question is not stellar. You now have brought attention from various Meta users to it, and it could end up being deleted altogether because of that.

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I usually avoid this. I'd rather just delete the whole question... – animuson Sep 3 '13 at 16:24
Actually it got three not an answer flags – NullUserException อ_อ Sep 3 '13 at 16:25
Clicking undelete just gets me a message saying I can't - "A moderator has deleted this post and it cannot be undeleted." How would I request it be undeleted? – Chris Moschini Sep 3 '13 at 16:32
@ChrisMoschini: You flag it for mod attention, option 'other' and request it to be undeleted. – Martijn Pieters Sep 3 '13 at 16:32
Well there's a procedure that needs some fixing. – Chris Moschini Sep 3 '13 at 16:33
@ChrisMoschini: Why would that be? You can never undelete your own post you didn't delete yourself; that'd allow all sorts up trolls and spammers to keep resurrecting their spewage. – Martijn Pieters Sep 3 '13 at 16:35
@ChrisMoschini: Moderators are not ogres either; if you improved the post a bit, I'm sure a mod would be happy to undelete that for you. – Martijn Pieters Sep 3 '13 at 16:36
When something is deleted and you disagree with it, and undelete is available: 1) The obvious procedure to initiate the undelete process is to click that link; if you can't do it, why even offer it? 2) If the actual process is the flag button, it doesn't make sense to tell the user it cannot be undeleted. It makes more sense for that undelete link to just initiate the flag process in that situation. – Chris Moschini Sep 3 '13 at 16:36
@ChrisMoschini: I'm sure there is a feature request post here somewhere that asks for actions to be disabled if they are not available. The moderator flag route is the default route to take if you ever need something done or dealt with you don't have the power yourself to handle. – Martijn Pieters Sep 3 '13 at 16:38
Sure, but neither of those avenues would solve this usability problem. Flag on most websites means "This is spam." The link is under the answer, not the delete action, so the chances a user realizes that's the way to express their disagreement with the deletion are low - the UI is just poorly presented here. – Chris Moschini Sep 3 '13 at 16:41
@ChrisMoschini But then again, most other sites have absolutely no way to actually bring content to the attention of people who can do something about it other than marking something spam, which isn't always true, even though some content certainly deserves to be removed. That's even worse UI. Flag != spam. That's silly. Those things are not synonyms. – animuson Sep 3 '13 at 16:44
@ChrisMoschini: Note that you can no longer undelete the answer now; the whole question was deleted. – Martijn Pieters Sep 3 '13 at 16:44
@MartijnPieters FWIW, I undeleted the answer before I deleted the question. ;) – animuson Sep 3 '13 at 16:45
@animuson: You are such a tease! :-P – Martijn Pieters Sep 3 '13 at 16:46
@ChrisMoschini Well, no. The question is now deleted, which inherently deletes the answer, so you'd still lose the reputation from it anyways. – animuson Sep 3 '13 at 17:27

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