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There is a question on Judaism.SE that got deleted by the Community user. This question isn't terrible (we have worse one's there), and I'm not complaining about this question in particular.

I wanted to vote to undelete it. However, it says "A moderator has deleted this post and it cannot be undeleted". This "moderator" is Community!

I understand if a "real" live human moderator (no offense to all non-humans out here) deleted this question that we can't override it. But this is a Robot! It sees that it got a downvote, no answer and little activity for a while and just deletes it.

Can we have "Community user" have rights to delete, but have those "deletions" subject to normal-person override?

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    You know most moderators aren't humans, right? Did you really thought a human being would actually volunteer to clean up crap all day long? – yannis Apr 4 '13 at 23:40
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    @Yannis but they pretend to be – Shmuel Brin Apr 4 '13 at 23:42
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    In the unlikely event that a question does get deleted by the Community ♦ user, which someone genuinely wants to keep, what's wrong with casting a moderator flag asking for it to be reinstated? – Robert Harvey Apr 4 '13 at 23:59
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    @Shmuel Brin: I don't. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 5 '13 at 5:25
  • Unicorns feed on misery and poop joy. – Amicable Apr 5 '13 at 9:43
  • @RobertHarvey, somebody has to notice it happened. (This question came to my attention because of such a flag; how the flagger noticed the deletion I do not know.) – Monica Cellio Apr 5 '13 at 15:50
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    @MonicaCellio I go through judaism.stackexchange.com/tools at times – Shmuel Brin Apr 5 '13 at 16:12
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    The question can always be asked again. – Seth J May 3 '13 at 21:52

While I agree, I think it's too much of an edge case to actually waste dev time to implement a solution for it.

If you want it undeleted, just flag for a moderator and they'll undelete it for you. If the question isn't crap as you say, there won't be any problems.

  • This. The need to reverse a Community deletion is just too rare to justify dev time. – yannis Apr 5 '13 at 10:30
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    I disagree. I think a developer's time is best spent improving the site however that may be. However, as I stated in my comment on the question, the question can always be asked again. – Seth J May 3 '13 at 21:53
  • Still, your point about flagging for a moderator is well taken. +1 from me. – Seth J May 3 '13 at 21:55

In July 2014, this became .

Examples: I as a non-moderator participated in the undeletions of this question and this other one, while I can't vote to undelete this one, which was deleted by a real moderator.

  • I hope that community deletions for spam or offensiveness, which are attributed to Community but caused by six users, are not undeletable this way. Does anybody happen to know? – Monica Cellio Nov 20 '16 at 3:49
  • @MonicaCellio Those are locked, so nobody except moderators can undelete them. – Ben N Nov 20 '16 at 4:22
  • Oh duh, you're right. – Monica Cellio Nov 20 '16 at 4:28

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