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, 2013 at 23:40
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    @Yannis but they pretend to be Apr 4, 2013 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?
    – user102937
    Apr 4, 2013 at 23:59
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    @Shmuel Brin: I don't. Apr 5, 2013 at 5:25
  • Unicorns feed on misery and poop joy.
    – Amicable
    Apr 5, 2013 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.) Apr 5, 2013 at 15:50
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    @MonicaCellio I go through judaism.stackexchange.com/tools at times Apr 5, 2013 at 16:12
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    The question can always be asked again.
    – Seth J
    May 3, 2013 at 21:52

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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, 2013 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, 2013 at 21:53
  • Still, your point about flagging for a moderator is well taken. +1 from me.
    – Seth J
    May 3, 2013 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? Nov 20, 2016 at 3:49
  • @MonicaCellio Those are locked, so nobody except moderators can undelete them.
    – Ben N
    Nov 20, 2016 at 4:22
  • Oh duh, you're right. Nov 20, 2016 at 4:28

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