Currently, when a user self-deletes a post and subsequently undeletes it, any votes to delete or votes to close magically disappear as if they never happened. While that might make some sense if a user deleted a post to then significantly update it, it seems to make no sense in the case where nothing changed.

I would propose that if nothing happened between the delete and undelete events, the original votes on the post are reinstated.

  • 6
    I would propose that regardless of what happens between the delete and undelete, the original votes are reinstated. Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 10:07
  • I'm unaware of the full possible chain of events between a delete and undelete @DuncanJones. So perhaps it doesn't always make sense to do so. But I'm sure someone will have a look at that.
    – Bart
    Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 10:09
  • Not usually a problem, @Duncan, as the OP can't edit a self-deleted question.
    – Oded
    Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 10:09
  • Do we have any numbers on how many votes are being vanished this way? The change seems sensible, but I'm curious as to whether this is actually happening in the wild.
    – blahdiblah
    Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 19:26
  • @blahdiblah don't know how often, but the question was inspired by such an event happening today.
    – Bart
    Commented Nov 1, 2013 at 20:05
  • Wait: you can't edit a deleted post? I did that several times (ohh, my answer is wrong, remove it, correct it, undelete) Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 18:09
  • Not for questions @JohannesKuhn.
    – Bart
    Commented Nov 5, 2013 at 18:13

2 Answers 2


Implemented in build 2014.1.23.1883 on meta and 2014.1.23.1324 on sites.

An delete undelete sequence on a post by the post owner will invalidate only the owner's delete vote when the undeletion is made.

  • Super! Well, that must be the quickest/most successful bounty in history. I'll award after time limit has passed.
    – James
    Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 16:41
  • Thanks for that and also, congrats for a new Nice Answer Badge :D
    – Mr. Alien
    Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 19:33

I agree with the point made that if no edits were done, then the original votes stay. I also think that we should retract the delete votes if it has been edited, so the original deleters can re-cast their vote.

  • 7
    I disagree with your last statement. Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 15:32
  • Though perhaps something could be said for a very gradual expiry of delete votes in that case @GeorgeStocker? (Though that would be another topic entirely of course)
    – Bart
    Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 15:37
  • 9
    Delete votes should (a) be preserved and (b) be retractable (not currently possible). That's similar to close/retract/reopen -- let the voters decide, not the system. Somebody shouldn't be able to flush delete votes against his post with a one-character change. Commented Jan 23, 2014 at 16:32

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .