I found that I could vote to undelete this answer, deleted by Willie Wong, on 23rd of February 2012. According to his Sheriff badge, he was a moderator at the time, though obviously he is not any more.

I would think his deletion would be final, like other deletions by moderators. It seems like a bug to me, but maybe there's some rationale for allowing users to undo the work of previous moderators once they resign?

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    $\begingroup$ Some posts which seem related: Deletion votes from users who later become moderators shouldn't prevent community undeletion (Meta Stack Exchange), Do the posts deleted by an ex-mod become undeletable? (Meta Stack Exchange) and Is moderator retirement supposed to affect possibility of undeletion? (Meta Stack Overflow). $\endgroup$ Apr 27, 2019 at 4:24
  • $\begingroup$ Were you just experimenting, Theo, to see whether you could vote to undelete an answer deleted by a then-moderator, or did you really want to undelete an answer which only said, "well, never mind"? $\endgroup$ Apr 27, 2019 at 7:10
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson I was experimenting. In fact, I chose to go through with it precisely because it was an answer that no-one could sincerely want undeleted. I wasn't even going to post it to meta, but after seeing it with one undelete vote (that I can't seem to retract), I felt like I had to explain myself. :) $\endgroup$ Apr 27, 2019 at 7:21
  • $\begingroup$ OK, then, I feel much better. I think the way it works is that you can't change/retract a vote until the post has been edited, which you could do, if you really want to. $\endgroup$ Apr 27, 2019 at 7:25
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson IIRC the possibility to retract vote after edit is for upvotes/downvotes - not for delete votes. See also: Is it possible to withdraw a deletion vote?, Cancel delete vote and the posts linked there. $\endgroup$ Apr 27, 2019 at 8:54
  • $\begingroup$ I added a "by design" tag; it's at least a well-known issue (to SE). $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:46
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    $\begingroup$ @quid By (highly questionable) design it is then. I'd appreciate it if you would delete my undelete vote too, if possible. $\endgroup$ Apr 27, 2019 at 11:07
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    $\begingroup$ There is no real way to remove the vote, I can just undelete and redelete, which I did. $\endgroup$
    – quid Mod
    Apr 27, 2019 at 22:00


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