I posted a question on codereview.stackexchange.com, then deleted it immediately and clicked on the "edit" link to edit my question. After pressing the "save edits" button, I faced the "404 page not found" error. Then I tried to post the question again in a new post, but I got this error:

Sorry, this is a duplicate of "Checking if a map is subset of another map"

This is the URL of question I asked and deleted: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/17587/checking-if-a-map-is-subset-of-another-map

So I think this should be a bug. If the question already exists, why couldn't I edit it? And if it does not exist, why can I not post it again?


As far as I can tell by knowing the system for some time, it's by design and not a bug.

  1. User with less than 10K reputation can't see deleted questions, not even his own deleted question, so it means he also can't edit such question.

  2. Deleted questions still count towards the duplicate check to prevent users from re-posting bad quality questions over and over.

Those two come to protect the community from bad questions, so don't think it will be changed any time soon. Only tip I can give you is to not post the question until you double check it and even if you spot a mistake, don't delete it just edit it.

  • So this should be re-tagged status-by-design, yes? – itsbruce Oct 16 '12 at 11:19
  • @itsbruce yes, by a moderator. (Unless I'm mistaken of course, which might happen) – Shadow Oct 16 '12 at 11:27
  • OK, then I'll flag it. – itsbruce Oct 16 '12 at 11:30
  • @itsbruce no, don't do that please. Enough moderators roam the Meta without the need to flag any post. – Shadow Oct 16 '12 at 11:37
  • OK, <- new on meta. – itsbruce Oct 16 '12 at 11:40

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