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A user recently pointed out a few questions with incredibly bad accepted answers on our site's meta asking us if there is anything we can do about it. I'm aware that users can delete answers if they have a sufficiently high reputation but I don't know if this privilege applies to accepted answers as well.

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Point us at one and we can try it... –  dmckee Feb 4 '12 at 20:43
    
@dmckee: Took a while, but I finally found one here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/45543/… –  Borror0 Feb 4 '12 at 21:16
    
D'oh! I'm about 540 points short of being trusted on meta... –  dmckee Feb 4 '12 at 21:28
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I believe you can vote to delete someone else's answer regardless of its accepted state, but not your own. –  NullUserException อ_อ Feb 4 '12 at 22:01
    
@dmckee Well, here's one on SO. –  lunboks Feb 4 '12 at 22:15
    
Let's see...it accepted my vote. –  dmckee Feb 4 '12 at 22:21
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Here's a bunch more for you guys to try out: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/60842 –  Jeff Mercado Feb 4 '12 at 23:11
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Here's one that is a definite "not an answer" and that the author requests removal of. I've voted to delete so two more votes? –  Martin Smith Feb 4 '12 at 23:45
    
This is probably the most "famous" accepted answer I can think of that should be put out of its misery this way: stackoverflow.com/questions/209170/… –  Yi Jiang Feb 5 '12 at 14:19
    
Interesting, supposedly this isn't supposed to be possible: 20k users can vote to delete negatively voted accepted answers. I don't see any reason for it not to be, however. –  Josh Caswell Jan 28 '13 at 6:14

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The answer to this question is "yes".

The question here used to have an accepted answer consisting entirely of the text

INCORRECT ANSWER REMOVED (if the OP unaccepts it, I'll delete it)

but this has now been successfully deleted by three 20K+ users.

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So did that automatically "unaccept" it, or does it show as a deleted answer with a checkmark? –  lunboks Feb 5 '12 at 11:33
    
It shows as a deleted answer with a checkmark. Does that mean the OP can't accept the other answer now if they were to get the urge? –  Martin Smith Feb 5 '12 at 11:45
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The question does not have accepted answer now, you can see this here - so the OP should be able to accept other answer. But as he didn't bother for year and half I doubt he will do such effort now. –  Shadow Wizard Feb 5 '12 at 11:48
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@MartinSmith You can accept other answers by just clicking their checkmark, which automatically removes it from the answer that had it, so I assume it'd work even if that answer is deleted. –  lunboks Feb 5 '12 at 11:54
    
Also, fun fact: You can't directly accept or unaccept a deleted answer because those count as a vote. –  lunboks Feb 5 '12 at 12:03

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