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As discussed in this meta thread, I had some difficulty posting a valid answer to an undelete request on the open data meta site.

My question is, as a mod of the site, and the fact that it is the meta site, what is the correct answer in this case? Or should I just do what I did, which was type in filler text until the answer was less "trivial"?


edit: question was self-deleted by user

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  • Site mod is still a user, and while having all the privileges, most site rules still apply for them. No magic tool/button to avoid converting trivial answers to comment, even for mods/devs/CM. – Shadow Wizard Apr 14 at 14:14
  • Couldn't you add a bit more of an explanation as to why it was deleted (Roomba I guess?) so it might be useful to any new users that wonder why it might have been deleted? Also just a full sentence like "I've just undeleted this question now" would get you a fair part of the way there. – PeterJ Apr 14 at 14:18
  • As a mod, you should know that "typing in filler text" is not the right approach. If it's not long enough to be a good answer, then it's not a good answer. – Jason Bassford Apr 14 at 14:19
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    Since you're a moderator, you could add a status-completed tag instead. – Anne Daunted Apr 14 at 14:27
  • @PeterJ it was deleted by the user – philshem Apr 14 at 14:42
  • @AnneDaunted thanks, I've done that since reading your comment – philshem Apr 14 at 14:45
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    @philshem that's odd, I always thought if you deleted your own post you could also undelete it as well? I guess they just might not have known that though. – PeterJ Apr 14 at 14:45
  • @PeterJ maybe they could have, although it was easier to just do it myself – philshem Apr 14 at 14:46
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Usually answers consisting of one word fit better as comments, no matter who the author is.

On meta sites, when moderator writes answer about completing a request it might be bit different, but still, adding some context is easy and usually trivial.

For example in that specific case, you can add context about why it was deleted in the first place. And if you're in a hurry it's also fine, no need in answer at all, just have it as comment, since it's not even a feature request.

  • in this case, the user had deleted the question themselves – philshem Apr 14 at 14:42
  • I guess I didn't realize that since it wasn't a feature request, it doesn't need an answer to be marked as closed. I've since added the "status completed tag" – philshem Apr 14 at 14:44
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    @philshem Then they can undelete their own question without any mod intervention. Perhaps you should mention that in the answer (ideally with some reference pointing out where the "undelete" button is located). However, if it was Roomba deleted, mod undeletion is indeed necessary. – Blue Apr 14 at 14:46
  • thanks, I've edited my answer on that post – philshem Apr 14 at 14:49

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