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Yesterday I answered this question. Today when on my profile I noticed my answer was deleted.


  1. This was not a DMCA takedown, and so this meta and this one don't help in this situation.
  2. This meta, which is about code being removed, says to add the code back into the post.

    This doesn't help, as the post is deleted.

  3. The post was self-deleted, and so raising a flag or inviting a moderator into chat to find out why the post was deleted doesn't seem like the correct way to handle this.

  4. The help center explains that there was another answer or a single up-vote on my answer and it wouldn't have been possible to be deleted. (I guess the system thinks my answer is useless)
  5. 10k tools says I can vote to undelete questions, but doesn't say any more, unlike with deleting posts.
  6. 20k tools says I can vote to undelete answers, but that doesn't really help here.
  7. As far as I know, I can't discuss undeleting the question with the user as they have 1 rep here and 15 rep on SO, meaning they can't talk in chat.

What should I do about this?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ For what it's worth, it happened to me too. Question deleted by owner 10 minutes after an answer. \$\endgroup\$ – 409_Conflict May 14 at 15:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MathiasEttinger Yeah that looks like a long answer too :( I've VTUD, best of luck. :) \$\endgroup\$ – Peilonrayz May 14 at 16:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MathiasEttinger yippee, my first VTUD ;-) I'm just wondering that it only takes three votes and not five. \$\endgroup\$ – t3chb0t May 16 at 12:35
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Bringing it to meta is the right thing to do, at least to get visibility, so that's a good start....

... having said that, a user is able to delete their posts as long as there are no upvoted answers on their posts, so, since your answer did not (yet) have an upvote, it was OK to delete it as far as the technical limitations of Stack Exchange.

Given that, it would not be right for a mod to unilaterally undelete it, but I can add a comment to the post pointing to this meta question, and if enough users band together, it can be undeleted by the community (I think)....

About to add the comment now (and I believe the user will be notified of the comment even though the post is deleted).

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Given "if enough users band together, it can be undeleted by the community" is that the correct way to proceed if this happens again? I.E. what we should do for both Mathias and myself? \$\endgroup\$ – Peilonrayz May 14 at 15:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Peilonrayz You have been given the privilege to vote to undelete questions. Using it is your prerogative. Does that mean undeleting a question by community consensus is "correct"? \$\endgroup\$ – Vogel612 May 14 at 15:09

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