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I went into my "recently deleted answers" tab and found this question (which is now deleted, so you cannot see it if you have <10k rep) which I answered. I can't normally see deleted questions as I have <10k rep, but I could see this one in my recently deleted answers.

This is what I seeenter image description here

The one answer I can see is mine.


I clicked the "Improve this question" button and I got sent to this link, and this is what I see enter image description here A page which says "This post is deleted and cannot be edited." and is otherwise blank.

I have tried this with other deleted posts, all with the same result.
The "Improve this question" button leads to the same blank page.

Is this a bug for me? If not, why is there a button to "Improve this question" for me if I cannot edit the question?
If I cannot edit the question, I should not see this button.

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    $\begingroup$ I think it might be possible for the OP to improve the Question without first undeleting, since the Question was deleted by a community vote. So the "Improve this question" button might not work for you until the Question is undeleted. You should post a request on the "canonical" reopen/undelete thread if that is your preference. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Jun 27 at 4:44
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    $\begingroup$ I am able to edit it. So it’s probably tied to your reputation, and the fact that you can see it at all is connected to you having answered it. $\endgroup$ – Arturo Magidin Jun 27 at 22:20
  • $\begingroup$ We get the point, James, no need for you to make any more edits. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jun 28 at 0:37
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    $\begingroup$ Arturo is correct. Just to explain the situation, users cannot suggest an edit to a deleted post. Only users who can edit the post directly (e.g. the OP, the 2000-rep users, and certainly the mods) can use the button (or the "edit" link on the post directly). $\endgroup$ – Andrew T. Jun 28 at 10:36
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    $\begingroup$ I also could edit it. It is probably as Arturo said. $\endgroup$ – Batominovski Jul 18 at 12:17

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