Regarding an unloved question of mine here:

Tuple unpacking combined with ipython shell escape

It had a drive-by downvote for some time, not sure why (no comment left). So, it was deleted by automated system recently - since it's unanswered, more than 30 days old and with negative score. I am not against the idea of automated cleanups, but I don't think this is a badly written question and I'm still interested in any possible future answers.

I can not vote to undelete the question, there is error dialog "A moderator has deleted this post and it cannot be undeleted". Is there any way to appeal for reopening in those cases where Community♦ account may have been overzealous? If not, would it be poor form to copy-paste and ask the same question again?

  • Regards to your last sentence 'If not, would it be poor form to copy-paste and ask the same question again?'... I think this is a risk of an automatic question ban. This goes same for asking questions then deleting them then re-asking them.
    – 535441434B
    Commented Mar 8, 2014 at 20:15
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    Given the OP's contributions that seems unlikely @535441434B. But you could just flag the deleted answer for moderator attention and explain the situation wim. (Though I guess they will pick it up here now as well)
    – Bart
    Commented Mar 8, 2014 at 20:16
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    Somewhat related: Should questions removed automatically for inactivity really be non-undeletable?. (It's about 0-score 1-year deletions, though.) Commented Mar 8, 2014 at 20:24
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    Are you able to flag it? Anyways, undeleted.
    – Ry-
    Commented Mar 8, 2014 at 20:29
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    Thanks. It seems strange that the auto-deleted questions can't be voted for undeleting, I would have thought that would be one of the most important use cases for undelete votes.
    – wim
    Commented Mar 8, 2014 at 21:38
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    It's because moderator delete votes are not counteractable, @wim, and the Community bot counts as a mod. Definitely should be changed.
    – jscs
    Commented Mar 8, 2014 at 21:47

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It looks like the specific case has been addressed already, so this answer is about the general issue.

Because the auto-deletions are done by the Community user, high-rep users can't vote to undelete. That means you'll need to convince a moderator to undelete the question. I've seen all of the following work:

  • Bring it up on your site's meta for discussion.
  • Bring it up in chat.
  • Flag it for moderator review; use the custom flag and explain why it should be undeleted.

Don't just repost the question; it's better to get the original one restored than to create a duplicate.


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