The question What if you cannot pay the damages in a civil law suit? was closed as a duplicate – incorrectly, in my view. I was in the process of writing a comment explaining my view, following which I intended to vote to reopen, when the post author deleted the question.

I think this was incorrectly closed as a duplicate because the linked question dealt with a refusal to comply with a court order, while the current question deals with an inability to pay a damage award – which is a very different thing, and does not normally lead to a contempt citation.

I would like to have the deleted question undeleted and reopened so that answers can be posted. Is that possible?

  • It says it was closed as duplicate but also deleted by the post author at about the aame time. Not sure if that latter action makes a difference to it being reopened..?
    – user35069
    Commented May 31, 2022 at 17:38
  • @Rick The deletion came after, although not very long after, the closure. I was responding to the closure when the deletion occurred. I have voted to undelete. Commented May 31, 2022 at 17:39
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    Yes but, notwithstanding the VTC as a duplicate, it makes me wonder what the policy is for restoring a post that was specifically deleted by the author and therefore seemingly against their wishes for it remain open. Maybe @DaleM could shed some light..?
    – user35069
    Commented May 31, 2022 at 22:46
  • @Rick Yes. Since all posts are licecnes under the CC-BY-SA, the author has no legal right to insist on deletion, but that doesn't mean that our policy call for, undeletion. Commented May 31, 2022 at 23:33
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    Looks like the post has since been undeleted and reopened (by the community + mods).
    – V2Blast
    Commented Jun 2, 2022 at 17:46


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