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Is it possible to delete or at least hide your own data explorer query when you know you've only been testing something and don't want it to show?

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I am new to Data Explorer and today edited the same query a few times. Now I found that older versions of the same query are stored as separate ones in my profile data.stackexchange.com/users/8597/michael-freidgeim. It is confusing and it should be an ability to remove the draft versions of the same query. –  Michael Freidgeim Jun 8 '13 at 9:55
While you're trying to figure out the right syntax and column names it seems to permanently publicly archive every tweak. I avoid ever writing any queries on the Data Explorer because of that exceptionally stupid behavior, and instead have to hope there is already a query that does what I want, but oh wait, I won't find it if there is one because there's a thousand other queries with hard-coded single-use values sitting around, that someone used three years ago one Tuesday afternoon. It's awful. –  Boann Jun 8 at 19:34

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No, you cannot currently hide queries that you've ran, but better query organization tools are on the todo list that will hopefully address this and other concerns.

We keep track of all executed queries to monitor for abusive behaviour, so following any changes you'd only be able to at most "hide" them (similar to deleted posts here), but from the user perspective that should amount to the same thing.

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Well using data explorer you can test whatever query even creating your own temporary data that hasn't got anything to do with any of the StackExchange site. This means that you can write some queries that you don't wan't to be public. –  Robert Koritnik Feb 14 '12 at 12:10
Arguably in that case the solution is just "Don't do that", then. –  Tim Stone Feb 14 '12 at 12:19
Another reason is also that not all queries are usable or even valid. Some of them are worse duplicates that were superseded by a better variant. Take these two for example: a better version and a previous worse one. The better version has all the data plus average data. I would be glad to delete the worse version. Why I created two of them is a different Q but this likely happens to others as well. –  Robert Koritnik Feb 14 '12 at 12:19
Basically just like questions and answers can be deleted so could be these. Or voted to be closed as duplicates or similar. –  Robert Koritnik Feb 14 '12 at 12:21
I am actually interested in why you created two queries instead of just revising the first one, in case it indicates a problem with the workflow. As far as hiding queries goes, I'm still not really a fan of the idea for various reasons, though waffles may feel differently. –  Tim Stone Feb 14 '12 at 12:36
The real answer is Lack of experience with data explorer so I opened the same thing in the other browser comparing results... I know, but I consider myself an average user, so I suppose this is not a seldom thing. Hence the close/hide/delete feature question. –  Robert Koritnik Feb 14 '12 at 23:23
For some personal reason, I really want to delete queries I have written. It's counter-intuitive that I don't have the right to delete what I create –  Hoàng Long Apr 8 '13 at 22:48
I wish to delete my queries, because I was playing with someone else query, and didn't realize I created "revisions" of his query, it just feel wrong that those queries are available to anyone while it was just learning DB schema. I believe each query run should be private, and only those explicitly "saved" (no option as of today) or those "created" should be available to public after establishing a good query title –  Pawel Cioch Dec 5 '13 at 19:49
Some people just dislike clutter. It's the reason git has --amend, Gmail (eventually) added Delete in addition to Archive, and Macs have so few ports on the side. –  duozmo Apr 29 at 23:36

No, you cannot, but you can edit the name and description so as to no longer be meaningful (e.g. Name = "Delete me", Description = "select 1").

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