I posted a question, and realised it had some major flaws. The flaws were such that I decided a ninja-edit would take too long, and so just deleted it.

I now can't resubmit my corrected question, as it is a duplicate of the deleted one (which I cannot undelete).

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What should I do?

  • Can't see the image here, but what criteria does it seem to complain about? Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:03
  • Why can't you edit and undelete the previous one?
    – Bart
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:04
  • @Bart Because I am not a 10k user on SO.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:05
  • @Mr.Disappointment The fact that having deleted my own post voluntarily, I cannot post a similar version again, nor can I edit and undelete the first post.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:05
  • Hmm, I should start asking questions on SO, so I actually know how that process works. :D
    – Bart
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:07

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I solved this by creating a different-enough new version of the question (by switching around some code-blocks), then edited the question, once posted, back to its original format.

I've discovered another variant of this question that was closed as , however I'd like to re-raise this. As a 10k user on other sites, I forgot I wouldn't be able to edit the deleted post, and didn't realise I'd have this duplicate problem. New users presumably wouldn't expect this behaviour anyway. Since there's a clunky way around it anyway, why not turn off de-duplication on owner-deleted questions?

  • You could have flagged one of your other posts for for moderation attention and ask the moderators to undelete your question.
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:14
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    @Yannis This solution is not obvious.
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:21
  • I never said it was ;)
    – yannis
    Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 11:23

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