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I am only curious, how the general lock on deleted posts interacts with the diamond.

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    Why would a moderator answer a deleted question? If it's deleted then nobody gains anything from the answer – Ramhound Jul 19 '17 at 5:04
  • @Ramhound It is a theoretical "infinite weighing stone vs. unbreakable wall" question, to get a better understand on the logic of the system. – peterh Jul 19 '17 at 12:00
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Moderators can comment on deleted posts. In limited circumstances, this ability allows Moderators to leave feedback or let users know why their post was deleted.

But other than that, Moderators cannot answer or vote on deleted posts.

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