I asked a question, and then realised the premise of my question was wrong. I want to first delete it, then edit it, then undelete it. If I edit it while it is live, there is a risk of users wasting their time answering the wrong post. However, when I delete it, then try to edit it, a brief tooltip tells me:
You cannot edit your own deleted question. Undelete before editing.
According to the answers to this question, this system exists to avoid spammers asking a question, deleting it, editing it, then undeleting it a month later where it goes unnoticed (because undeleted is not bumped). I appreciate this, but I think there may be other alternatives, such as:
- a grace time during which deleted questions can be edited
- bumping old undeleted questions, or
- requiring some reputation to edit self-deleted questions.
Please let me edit my own deleted question. I have good reasons for this approach.