I'm a bit confused by this Q&A pair:
(10k on Physics, or dev team.) The question looks like this:
- The answer was posted 10 minutes after the question.
- The answer was upvoted at some point.
- The question was closed about an hour afterwards.
- The question was auto-deleted some ten days later.
- The answer was deleted by a moderator about two weeks after that.
... say what? How did the answer get deleted way after the question? And, moreover, how did the question get
RemoveAbandonedClosed'd if it had an upvoted answer? It gets a bit weirder if you go to the answer's timeline to investigate:
My guess at what happened is that
- The mod deleted the answer right after the question closure (site policy goes against providing full answers to homework questions).
- The question was then auto-deleted by the Community user.
- The mod later came back and undid the delete vote on the answer.
I̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶a̶s̶k̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶o̶d̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶y̶e̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶h̶e̶a̶r̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶h̶i̶m̶.̶ ̶I̶'̶m̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶s̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶i̶n̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶u̶n̶d̶e̶l̶e̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶w̶a̶s̶,̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶d̶o̶e̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶i̶m̶p̶a̶c̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶s̶t̶ ̶a̶t̶ ̶a̶l̶l̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶i̶f̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶h̶e̶l̶p̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶s̶w̶e̶r̶e̶r̶ ̶a̶v̶o̶i̶d̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶a̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶s̶u̶r̶e̶,̶ ̶g̶o̶o̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶. This was done because site policy asks for temporary deletion of answers that contain full answers to homework questions, and the mod did the undeletion by routine, to make sure the answer was available if the question was ever undeleted and to ensure that the deletion did not prejudice the poster in terms of question or answer bans.
More than clarification on the timeline, though, I have an issue with how the data is presented. Regardless of what happened, the page should be able to convey its story unambiguously, and here that story as presented is inconsistent.
- If indeed the answer deletion was undone by the mod, why is the post still marked as deleted? The answer should not be visible because its parent thread is deleted, but in such cases (example) the answer is marked simply 'deleted' (with no attribution) at the time of the question deletion.
- If that's not what happened, then what's the deal with that last
undeletedentry in the timeline?
Either way, it feels like a bug in the software that produces these deletion reports.
... and, while I'm here, why is there even an
undelete action on that answer? There's no way to bring it back without reviving the question, so why not skip that and point users to the
undelete button on the question itself? (e.g. gray out that button on the answer, with a tooltip 'To undelete this thread, vote to undelete the question', or something; it's a 10k+ page so users that see it understand the mechanics.)