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Does deleting my own question or answer attract penalty?

Sorry from beginning to ask potential duplicate question but
delete own answer site:meta.stackoverflow.com => 7,300 results.

from this Q&A Does deleting my own question or answer attract penalty? I know that deleting own question exceeds limits results penalty.

But I want to learn, how about deleting own answers, any penalty?
Since couple of months I am on SO, and still learning, after each level new parameters: like a game :)

if it has no penalty, how about average of an SO guy delete daily own answers of zero votes.

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I don't know about automated penalties, but it certainly automatically raises a flag with text like "possible vandalism multiple deletions:" –  Flexo Oct 23 '11 at 18:03
    
Here on Meta the rules are different.. question doesn't have to be exact duplicate in order to get closed, enough it's just related. –  Shadow Wizard Oct 23 '11 at 21:39
    
Cheers, I was also "burned" from this pretty early so I'm fine with this by now. :-) –  Shadow Wizard Oct 23 '11 at 22:08

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No, there is no (automatic) penalty but you are limited to 5 deletions per day.

As a rule, only delete answers that don't really add value.

When you make a mistake (and maybe you're getting downvotes), just delete the answer. You can always edit to improve it and then undelete it.

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Got a source for this? Specifics of post bans aren't public, but I'm pretty sure having lots of deleted questions, even self-deleted, does trigger a question ban. It is probably not too far-fetched to assume that answer bans work like that, too. –  lunboks Oct 23 '11 at 18:20
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No direct source but deleting answers has been discussed here before and there never was mention of a penalty. Just limits and flags. –  Henk Holterman Oct 23 '11 at 18:39

As far as I can tell from people posting here and answers I've seen, if you delete too many answers that had negative votes and you don't have enough answers with positive votes you'll eventually get automatic ban saying "We can no longer accept answers from this account", that might get lifted when your existing answers will get upvotes.

I can't tell this for 100% but my advice is: don't delete answers just because you get downvotes on them, unless you have enough "good" answers at your disposal.

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Sorry didn't realize this - as far as I can tell it won't result in any penalty but still - not good practice. Too many of these might get the attention of moderators and result in manual suspension as awoodland said in a comment to your question. –  Shadow Wizard Oct 23 '11 at 18:29
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Well, posting in SO is not a game.. if you're not sure about your answer, better not post it. :) –  Shadow Wizard Oct 23 '11 at 18:33
    
@moguzalp: Related: Is Stack Overflow a type of game? –  Jeremy Banks Oct 23 '11 at 19:44
    
> if you delete too many answers that had negative votes and you don't have enough answers with positive votes you'll eventually get automatic ban o.O You get banned for deleting too many bad questions and not enough good ones? –  Synetech Mar 12 '12 at 21:06
    
@Synetech yes - see here under the section Are deleted posts taken into account too? - it says But if a large percentage of your posts are deleted by yourself or the community, then apparently they were not suitable for the site –  Shadow Wizard Mar 12 '12 at 22:27
    
Ah, I see; your own posts. Well that makes sense in general regardless of deletion. If someone is posting lots of questions and answers that are bad, then of course their account will be flagged. However, if someone like that is deleting their own bad questions and answers, then at least it shows a level of self-accountability which is something. –  Synetech Mar 12 '12 at 22:31
    
@Synetech yeah, thought it's obvious, lol.. anyway sometimes I saw cases of users with only one or two existing posts with no downvotes whatsoever that got the ban hammer just because they deleted lots of posts (either questions or answers) together - the system does not see such thing in a good way. Anyway there has been a change so that when you get answers you can't delete your question and I think the same applies for answer with upvotes. –  Shadow Wizard Mar 13 '12 at 7:11

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