This question is an extension of another meta post: Why were all of my points stripped on the basis of asking this question?.
The original question was marked as spam, and deleted. The meta question asked why their reputation was affected by the removal of the question. The meta question was answered in a satisfactory manner, in my opinion. Looking at the revision history of the original SE question, I can see a link to an academic paper that was authored by the person who asked the question. I understand why the question was marked as spam, but otherwise the question does not look like an attempt at shameless self-promotion.
I do not have sufficient reputation to edit the question, so I am not able to remove the offending link. It seems the original intent of the question has been muddied by a simple link that could be removed by any one of us who have that ability.
If we remove the link to the OP's academic paper, can we undelete the question, remove the spam mark, and reopen the question?
Original question: https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/q/441076/118878
Addendum: the community might still vote to close it, but at least the question can stand on its own merits rather than being bogged down by a technicality about spam.