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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
    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
    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. 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
    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? 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
    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. 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. Sep 5, 2011 at 19:04

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