The last couple of days, I've noticed that most deleted answers had a single undelete vote. To see if this was a coincidence or not, I deleted my last SO answer, hit refresh and saw that it too had a single undelete vote just seconds after deleting it. Why is this?

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    Interesting observation
    – ChrisF Mod
    May 21, 2011 at 19:11
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    Maybe the team figured that users object 99.9% of the time to having their questions or answers closed or deleted, so might as well just automate the process...
    – Aarobot
    May 21, 2011 at 19:29
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    Just tried it on this question, there is an automatic undelete vote on my self-deleted answer. May 21, 2011 at 19:32
  • After you delete your post and see the automatic undelete vote is cast, are you still able to cast an undelete vote of your own? May 21, 2011 at 22:39
  • @Bill, I don't really cast an undelete-vote on my own answer: I simply click "undelete" and the post is undeleted. Does that answer your question, or did I misunderstand?
    – Bart Kiers
    May 21, 2011 at 22:44
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    @Bart: No, that answers it. The same thing happens for me, I just wasn't sure if it was a moderator power or if that was for everyone. May 21, 2011 at 22:47
  • @Bart I believe the only way you have to vote to undelete is if people other than you voted to delete.. so it's difficult to test this bug
    – Earlz
    May 21, 2011 at 23:40
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    Just undeleted @Fabian's answer and the history shows that mine was the only undelete vote. I think this is just a bug.
    – mmyers
    May 21, 2011 at 23:42
  • @Earlz, you can test it yourself by deleting an answer of your own, and then hitting refresh: you'll see that it immediately has a single vote to undelete. You'll need to do this with a 10K+ account, otherwise you won't see deleted answers.
    – Bart Kiers
    May 22, 2011 at 8:50
  • @Bart: You can always see your own deleted answers - no 10K needed. May 22, 2011 at 10:53
  • @Hendrik, ah, didn't know that. Thanks.
    – Bart Kiers
    May 22, 2011 at 11:14

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There were 2 bugs in the count preloading compared to how it worked before, remedying one of those the other day exposed another. Both are now fixed, this will work correctly after the next build.

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