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Due to an error noticed too late after posting, can the OP opt to edit to correct it while delete is active, before re-posting?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure what you're asking. In case it's that: The sequence of events "1. notice error, 2. delete answer, 3. edit to fix error, 4. undelete answer" is quite common. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Nov 4 '15 at 18:37
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. that is what I asked, and in fact practising it on occasion. But suddenly I got a msg saying " undelete and then only edit !" as if incognito edit is not appropriate. $\endgroup$ – Narasimham Nov 4 '15 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ No idea what "incognito edit" could mean. Are you using a mobile app or something? $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Nov 4 '15 at 18:43
  • $\begingroup$ No sir, A lot of edits bumping to top of site by too many small edits esp. by new entry users should be avoided. ( All edits when done in the invisible /delete mode I called incognito )Their delivery back as one undelete shot restore is better. $\endgroup$ – Narasimham Nov 4 '15 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ Does it happen for deleted question or deleted answer? Could you provide a screenshot? I have just tried to edit an answer which was deleted and I got no warning. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 4 '15 at 19:08
  • $\begingroup$ I did n't capture it, Right now all is well. Just got a feeling whether all along I was violative. But if it recurs, shall flag to meta moderator here. $\endgroup$ – Narasimham Nov 4 '15 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ Was it a question where this happened? If I understand correctly this meta post, users below 10k are not able to edit the self-deleted questions. (The post is from 2011, so thing might have changed since then.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 4 '15 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ However, I assume that faq posts should be kept up-to-date. "Self-deleted posts can be viewed and undeleted by their original authors. However, self-deleted questions cannot be edited by their authors unless undeleted first. Self-deleted answers can be edited by the author without undeleting." $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 4 '15 at 20:05
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Questions cannot be edited when they are deleted. (Answers can be edited in such cases.)

From this faq post on meta: How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion?

Self-deleted posts can be viewed and undeleted by their original authors. However, self-deleted questions cannot be edited by their authors unless undeleted first. Self-deleted answers can be edited by the author without undeleting.


I have tested this on my own question, which is deleted. I cannot edit it - the edit link is inactive. When I hover over it, I can read in the tooltip: "You cannot edit your own deleted question. Undelete before editing."

screenshot with the tooltip

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