Deleted posts are accessible via the edit URLs, if you know the ID

e.g. http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/89775/dummy-post-to-reference-in-bug-report

is available under http://meta.stackoverflow.com/posts/89775/edit

I spotted this with a post of mine that had been downvoted enough to earn 'peer pressure' on deletion; the original post is gone from my activity, but still accessible via edit... no idea if it works for other users posts.

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To clarify, 'other users' means across ids! –  Phil Lello May 4 '11 at 5:04
    
Doesn't work for me. Must just be your own. –  NickC May 4 '11 at 5:05
    
this is status-bydesign imho –  YOU May 4 '11 at 5:06
    
Ah, 'quirk' rather than bug then –  Phil Lello May 4 '11 at 5:09
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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Not a bug. Users asked to be able to delete their posts, edit them while deleted, and then undelete them.

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I was able to edit his deleted post even though I'm not able to see it elsewhere. Is that intentional? –  Tim Stone May 4 '11 at 5:20
    
@Tim, simply because you have edit privilege, imho. –  YOU May 4 '11 at 5:31
    
@YOU even as a low rep user I can see the post this way in the edit window. Note I can't actually edit it just give edit suggestions. –  Wes May 4 '11 at 7:27
    
@Wes, you still can suggest edits to deleted posts. –  YOU May 4 '11 at 7:28
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