I was trying to solve this question, and I think I made fairly decent progress on it. However, the OP deleted the question despite them putting a lot of work into it.

Is there a way to flag a deleted answer and for a moderator to reopen it? This question might have been answered before, but I have never come across this situation before and I have tried searching on Meta on what to do. Feel free to downvote if you disagree, but I find it somewhat insensitive for someone to delete their question without knowing there could be someone out there who made quite a bit of progress on it.

I have tried using the Help Center, but there does not seem to be an option that could help in this situation other than selecting "other".

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    $\begingroup$ This has happened to me a few times. If you think a Question presents a valid problem and you are still interested in it, it would be better for you to post your own version, explaining its source as best you can. In many cases the deletion of a post by its author means they discovered an error and no longer want it to get the community's attention. Self-deletion is allowed when a Question has no upvoted or Accepted answer.. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Jan 15 at 5:53
  • $\begingroup$ I see. I didn't think about the OP possibly finding a mistake and not wanting the community's attention after. Thank you very much. @hardmath $\endgroup$ Jan 15 at 9:43
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    $\begingroup$ I created a new tag for self-deletion. I think it will help to tie together posts related to this topic. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Jan 15 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ I pulled together some of the relevant Help Center pages with links in the tag wikia. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Jan 15 at 16:15
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    $\begingroup$ Please do not flag such a question. A user is free to delete a question if they decide that they are no longer interested in asking it, and if it has no answers. The moderation team will not undelete such questions. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Jan 15 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, I won't. Thank you for responding. @XanderHenderson $\endgroup$ Jan 15 at 20:26
  • $\begingroup$ And next time, Accelerator, write title to more correctly represent the question you pose. $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Jan 18 at 14:57


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