An answer (https://law.stackexchange.com/a/82351/45195) had been deleted by a moderator. I cannot comment on that (until I undelete) the answer it seems. However when I click on "Undelete", I get a message that the answer cannot be undeleted as it was deleted by a moderator.

So why is there an "Undelete" link at all?

Despite of that I think the moderator should have given me a chance to justify the answer. As it seems now it looks like "Germany is odd, US is right".

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    Why the link is shown even when a user can't use it is a SE-wide "feature." See, for example, Meta.SE here.
    – feetwet Mod
    Jul 22, 2022 at 17:21
  • I did program CGI programs myself in the past, including "navigation bars" that only listed the actions the user actually was allowed to perform. Shouldn't be that hard.
    – U. Windl
    Jul 23, 2022 at 13:42

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This help topic describes some of the policies that apply to the deletion of answers.

  • Answers deleted by moderators can only be undeleted by moderators.

  • Answers with a score of -1 or lower may be deleted by vote. Any user with a high enough reputation (4,000 or more) may vote to delete such an answer, or may vote to undelete it again.

  • Answers can be deleted at any time by their authors, unless the answer has been accepted by the question asker.

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    I think this should be a two-step process (like closing a question): First mark it to be deleted, while giving the author a chance to edit or comment, Then if the reason to delete still persists, actually delete it.
    – U. Windl
    Jul 23, 2022 at 13:40

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