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So, someone asks a question and we all post answers to it. Later on down the line, if you think your answer isn't worthwhile to be there as compared to the other answers, is it okay to delete it?

This way, users can increase the ratio of his/her accepted to total answers.

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Oded's answer is correct. But that aside: I would not worry about the ratio of total/accepted answers. (But of course, if other answers are better and yours does not add anything, then deleting is fine. I'd even appreciate that!) –  Arjan Dec 26 '11 at 16:00
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up vote 15 down vote accepted

If you want to delete one of your answers, delete it. That's why there is a delete link.

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Then why are there double-standards, why cant we delete asked question despite having the delete link. –  refhat Dec 25 '11 at 15:02
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@refhat - An answer represents your work only. A question that has answers (and that got upvoted) represents work by others - upvotes mean others found it valuable, so deleting it is not as easy. Can you link to an example of a question you can't delete? –  Oded Dec 25 '11 at 15:06
    
if some guy upvoted an answer and then another one downvoted the same answer, all in all this question has 1 answer with 0 votes(neutralised). can this be deleted –  refhat Dec 25 '11 at 15:12
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@refhat - As far as I know, an answer can be deleted regardless how many upvotes it got. –  Oded Dec 25 '11 at 15:19
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Can't find the link, but I believe you can delete your answer unless it has been accepted with the green check by the OP. –  yhw42 Dec 25 '11 at 15:31
    
    
@Oded: I am talking about this question. It has 0 reps but i cant delete it: stackoverflow.com/questions/7943734/… –  refhat Dec 25 '11 at 18:36
    
@refhat - That's a question. Not an answer. You asked about deleting answers. Is that what you meant to ask about? –  Oded Dec 25 '11 at 18:41
    
The famous SO message, This question has answers and cant be deleted, flag it for moderator attention instead. This is what I mean to say by double standards. all in all it has 0 reps I think i should be able to delete this. –  refhat Dec 25 '11 at 18:42
    
correct I asked about answer, but I am just wondering why cant we delete the questions if we can delete answers, as per your argument no 2, in the comment thread. –  refhat Dec 25 '11 at 18:44
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@refhat - Double standard? Someone took the time to answer your question. And others have decided the question has merit (even got 1 upvote) - the community did not close and delete it. The rule is that you can't delete a question if it has answers, because that should be a community decision, not yours (since all questions/answers are licensed as commons). –  Oded Dec 25 '11 at 18:45
    
@refhat - But that question did get an answer. –  Oded Dec 25 '11 at 18:45
    
true, i agree but there are cases where answers could go wrong(even by mistake) you referred a good example meta.stackexchange.com/questions/14932/… –  refhat Dec 25 '11 at 18:47
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@refhat - That's about someone's answer, not question. If you are going to pick up an example, make it relevant. –  Oded Dec 25 '11 at 18:48
    
I agree with you everywhere.. –  refhat Dec 25 '11 at 18:49
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It is, but not for this reason "This way, users can increase the ratio of his/her accepted to total answers."

Don't do that, I have even seen how after some time some answers got a lot more upvotes than the accepted one. Just because it was not the best answer to the OP eyes, doesn't mean it is not the best answer or that it can help future visitors.

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