I've been pretty active in community-moderation/curation here for a bit, but I'm honestly still confused about one part of the process.
Let's say that someone, for example, posts a link-only answer. I usually reply with a comment like:
While this may be useful information, just a heads-up that link-only answers are strongly discouraged, and often deleted on Stack Exchange sites since they aren't considered complete "answers". It's best to include the relevant portions of the link, or at least a summary, in your answer. Thanks!
And then I flag it as not-an-answer. The "answer" is typically deleted by a mod shortly thereafter.
But let's say that the user fixes the problem after deletion via an edit, and they put enough information directly in their post to answer the question independent of the link.
At that point, how does the answer get undeleted?
- Must it be flagged by the user for a Mod to review? If so, does the user (usually a new user) know this?
- Is it like an edit to a closed-question, where the edit has a checkbox that "This edit solves the original delete reason"? I'm kind of doubting this is the case, because there's no "undelete queue" that things go into that I'm aware of.
- Does a mod get notified of edits to deleted posts automatically for review?
- Or should the user post here on Meta asking for review and undeletion?
And are there instructions provided automatically to the user as to what is expected of them in order to have their post undeleted?
Or is it better that we advise the user to create a new answer if the existing one is already deleted?
With questions, it's clear to me as a community user how to propose that a closed-question be reopened. For one that was deleted, I'd use either Chat or Meta. But for answers, it's just not clear to me how a new user would get their post undeleted if they fixed it.