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Question owner able to undelete question that was not self-deleted

For example, this answer was deleted, but the OP just undeleted it. (The links are for 10k users.) I suppose this is by-design, but if that's the case, wouldn't it be easier if we just flag the post for moderator attention instead?

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    I can't see the history you are linking. BTW did you read this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/5221/… there are cases where you can undelete, but there are exceptions.
    – M'vy
    Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 15:23
  • If you disagree with a post you can just downvote it. Also voting to delete it (twice!) just because of disagreement with the authors opinion (however retarded) is privilege abuse.
    – mario
    Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 19:27
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    @mario I didn't vote (twice) to delete it because I disagree with their opinion. I voted (twice) to delete because it's offensive and wrong. Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 19:28
  • In such cases I would consider it best to flag. (Can't agree on the "offensive". That answer mostly qualifies as "stupid".) - There was a discussion on this, and iirc it advised to being conservative with deletevotes when they're immediate.
    – mario
    Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 19:34
  • @mario So it just goes back to the question I am asking. Should we just flag these posts instead? If so, what's the point of the vote to delete feature? Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 19:37
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    I would have flagged that. Specifically after the original author undeleted it. Which I believe is his right, if he wants to keep the downvotes. Deletion on answers is a last resort measure, specifically to protect users from more harm, or for spam posts, or illegal submissions (maybe copy&pasted code), etc. The main reason for introduction were useless "thank you posts" however. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/69989/…
    – mario
    Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 19:43

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It's a pretty rare case where a user will actually undelete an answer of his that's been deleted. Also, even the community can't undelete something a moderator has deleted, let alone the individual user.

The reason the OP is allowed to undelete his answer, is that he may self-delete his answer, and then edit it into shape (he may have found a mistake, which has happened to me) and then he can undelete it.

  • I think unless it is locked, we can vote to undelete any post. BTW the post in my question is an answer. Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 18:54
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    No, if a moderator deleted it, you can no longer vote to undelete it. You used to be able to, but not anymore. Fixed to reflect answers only. Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 19:04

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