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One real example: I posted a question and, after a first comment, I decided it needs a rework. I can not do it immediately, thus, I've deleted the question to not waste the time of other users.

I'd like to edit it and, after that, undelete. However, the system only allows me to edit an undeleted question. If the undelete is done before to the edit, again some users can read the initial version in the time it takes me to improve the question.

Why are we not allowed to edit deleted questions?

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We have found a form of abuse that is very difficult for the system to counter:

  • Spammer writes a post (not particularly spammy)
  • It is immediately deleted by them
  • Spammer edits the deleted post to make it spam
  • Spammer undeletes the post

Problem with the above scenario is that undeletes like that are not surfaced anywhere, meaning that spam can end up being on the site indefinitely.

To protect against that, we do not allow edits to self-deleted questions.

Posts that are deleted, but not self-deleted can be edited without restriction.

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    So you say for sure that undelete does not bump the question? – Shadow Wizard May 17 '17 at 12:31
  • @ShadowWizard - that was the case when this was implemented. I don't believe undeletes bump, not even today. – Oded May 17 '17 at 12:32
  • Thanks for your answer. If in the scenario you describe, steps 3 and 4 are inter-changed, which is the difference? (or if only steps 1 and 3 are done). – pasaba por aqui May 17 '17 at 12:33
  • @Oded well there's a moderator insisting it does bump, can you please check to be 1000% sure? – Shadow Wizard May 17 '17 at 12:34
  • @pasabaporaqui - if someone edits then undeletes it doesn't bump a post (we don't bump edits on deleted posts), however, if someone undeletes then edits, it does bump (as the edit was on a post that is not deleted). – Oded May 17 '17 at 12:36
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    Sorry for my ignorance, but what is "bump an edit"? – pasaba por aqui May 17 '17 at 12:38
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    @Oded spammer can post spam (totally spammy), delete it after less than a second so nobody will notice, then undelete after few days. Spam sticks, system fails. Why not simply have the undelete event bump the question? – Shadow Wizard May 17 '17 at 12:41
  • @pasabaporaqui - means that the post goes on the homepage. – Oded May 17 '17 at 12:42
  • ok, thanks a lot. What about a voluntary self on-hold? It this way, I can on-hold the question and, while all users sees question as hold, edit. Finally, remove the hold state. – pasaba por aqui May 17 '17 at 12:49
  • @pasabaporaqui being closed/on hold does not prevent downvotes (or upvotes) on the question, only answers. What you ask for is the ability to temporarily lock a question by its author. – Shadow Wizard May 17 '17 at 12:50
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    So... why not just add a bump when the question gets undeleted if it was edited. – Chad Aug 7 '17 at 15:51
  • Why doesn't this also apply for answers? – Donald Duck Feb 10 '18 at 18:54

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