I understood that in order to delete or undelete, you need the votes of three 10k+ users. If the person who votes to undelete it is the owner, can they do it with just their vote alone?

(Here is the question I am referring to; it will probably be deleted again by the time you see this.)

Is it possible to undelete a question many times? I tried undeleting a question 3 times, it works.

  • To be clear, all sub-10K users cannot cast any undelete vote, not even on their own question, right?
    – smci
    Commented Apr 3, 2018 at 8:52
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    @smci I think they can; I just did on a beta site (where the limit should be 2K).
    – gerrit
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 10:56
  • @gerrit: Uh, what, exactly? You undeleted your own question, or merely managed to cast an undelete vote, with 2K rep? or sub-2K rep? on a beta site? Who originally deleted it: you (as a test), or someone else?
    – smci
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 10:59
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    I cast a vote to undelete my own question, which was deleted by the Community user due to being 35 days old and having score -1. I have 1987 rep on the site, access to moderator tools comes with 2k.
    – gerrit
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 11:03

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This has been changed.

If a post was deleted by users other than its owner, the owner's undelete vote will no longer instantly undelete - it will be counted just like other users' votes to undelete.

Note that if a moderator participated in the deletion, only another moderator can undelete.

  • Has this been changed for answers as well? Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 4:41
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    Yes, questions and answers share this same behavior. Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 19:10

If the question is deleted by the owner, they can un-delete it immediately. No voting required.

But, when a question is "closed" (the democratic 5-votes-to-close variety), it is then eligible for true deletion buy 10K/Moderator voting.

To answer your question, a user cannot (and should not be able to) undo a democratically voted action. When it takes three users to vote-to-delete a question, it should take three users to vote-to-un-delete a question. The original author should not have any more power than the one-man-one-vote in this case.

  • The "immediately" could be many hours?
    – YOU
    Commented Mar 25, 2010 at 14:10
  • I'm not sure. I don't want to test this but, once you delete a question, there is no easy way to get back to it. Maybe if you save the URL somewhere? Someone please verify. But, if you can get back to it, you should be able to un-delete it. Commented Mar 25, 2010 at 14:28

If an answer is "deleted by owner" then it can be undeleted by that owner (alone) too. I assume its the same for questions, I never tried.

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    Yes, if deleted by owner, you can un-delete immediately. Commented Mar 25, 2010 at 13:54

If I delete my own question I should then be able to un-delete with fair ease. However, if the question is voted by multiple users to delete, an equal (if not greater) number of votes should be required to un-delete.

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