1. I write an answer
  2. I find out it's very similar to someone else's, just a minute late
  3. I delete the answer
  4. I realize I can still make valuable contribution
  5. I edit the answer
  6. I click undelete

At this point, why do I have to "vote to undelete" my own answer (that I deleted)?

Note the answer has received no up-votes prior to deletion.

  • But it did immediately get undeleted when you "voted" for undeletion, or didn't it?
    – sth
    Apr 2, 2010 at 17:45

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It's an artifact of the way the delete/undelete system seems to work under the hood. It's not really a "vote" - as soon as you confirm, it will actually get undeleted right away.

  • 1
    well, that depends. Is it an accepted answer? Is it a question with 2+ answers, or answers that have 2+ upvotes? Apr 2, 2010 at 15:37
  • 3
    @Jeff - I thought you couldn't delete accepted answers in the first place. The question was about vote to undelete - are there more rules relating to undelete?
    – Aarobot
    Apr 2, 2010 at 15:58
  • @Jeff Atwood, updated question. The answer received no up-votes prior to deletion.
    – macek
    Apr 2, 2010 at 16:12

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