User > Robin, would you mind deleting that site for me?
Robin > No problem! What's the url again?
User > http://asdfkljasldfkj/sites/asldkfjasldkfj
Robin > Ah right! Will do!
Simple task eh on a quite day like this? I just open up the site and want to click on Site Actions > Site Settings > Delete this Site, but to my suprise.. I couldn't find the Site Actions link.. hmmmm! So I did some url hacking and placed /_layouts/settings.aspx behind the http://asdfkljasldfkj/sites/asldkfjasldkfj url, et voila I had my Site Settings page ;) Next thing to do was ofcourse.. Click on "Delete this site".. I got prompted with a Access Denied error! Aaargh, what is going on here? I tried to logon with the service account which has (as I do) Full Control rights and I got the same Access Denied error. Then I remembered that I locked the site using Central Admin this morning :
So I unlocked the site and got back to the site and all of a sudden there was my Site Actions button again.. needless to say that I was able to delete the site :)
Conclusion, when you are confronted with a "Reader" style view of a site where you administrative rights and get confronted with Access Denied errors, check if the site is being locked using Central Admin!