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This may be asked by someone before, but i could not get the exact answer after searching.

How do i delete my answers?

The tooltip on delete says vote to delete. I think as a poster of the answer i should be able to delete whenever i wanted.


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You can't delete an answer if it's been accepted. Furthermore, you probably shouldn't delete any (good) answer that's accumulated a lot of (up)votes. – Mysticial Sep 10 '12 at 0:33
if it is not accepted answer and if the answer is getting downvotes then? – FirmView Sep 10 '12 at 0:34
You should be able to delete in that case. Can you link to it? – Mysticial Sep 10 '12 at 0:35
Oh, you already deleted it. It's a soft-delete. It's not visible anyone other than yourself, 10k users, and moderators. – Mysticial Sep 10 '12 at 0:36
+1 for your reply – FirmView Sep 10 '12 at 0:37
Actually, it's not deleted. Posts that are downvoted to a score of -3 or lower get slightly greyed out to emphasize the poor content. They're still visible to everyone until you actually click the delete link, then and only then are they visible to you, 10K+ users, and moderators. Deleted posts are highlighted with a red hue. – jmort253 Sep 10 '12 at 2:02
@jmort253 Check the history, the OP deleted and undeleted it several times. When I commented, it was deleted. – Mysticial Sep 10 '12 at 2:08
@Mysticial - I see now, thanks for clarifying. – jmort253 Sep 10 '12 at 2:11

Just click "delete". The tooltip says "vote to delete", since it technically is a vote, but since you're the author of the answer your delete vote is binding.

The only exception is if the answer has been accepted by the question's author.

Note that posts on Stack Exchange are soft-deleted - your own deleted answers will still be visible to you and users with at least 10,000 rep (and moderators). Deleted answers have a red background, a note on them saying that they've been deleted. They cannot be voted on, and they don't affect your reputation unless they're over 60 days old and have a score of at least 3.

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+1 once again thanks for your info. But, it would have been good if there is an option to completely remove the post whenever the posted person feels. Unless ofcourse if there is any upvotes or getting the answers as selected – FirmView Sep 10 '12 at 0:40
You granted a license to the content when you submitted it. If you don't like that, don't post content. – Rosinante Sep 10 '12 at 0:42
@FirmView Nah, you can edit your answer to blanks if you want to hide your shame. Us 10ks do it all the time because we all see each other's deleted posts. – Mysticial Sep 10 '12 at 0:42
@Mysticial Though in some ways that's like putting up a big sign that says "LOOK AT MY REVISION HISTORY RIGHT NOW". :) Usually the fact that the post is deleted is good enough. – Adam Lear Sep 10 '12 at 0:54
@AnnaLear True. So I usually accompany it with a lame excuse to add to the hilarity. – Mysticial Sep 10 '12 at 0:56
Umm, something seems wrong with that suggestion @Mysticial to edit away the answer. That's post vandalism, and I've seen users get suspended for that type of behavior. Instead, just use the delete link to delete the answer. That's all you need to do. Let's not encourage more people to abuse the system. :) – jmort253 Sep 10 '12 at 2:00
@jmort253 I meant edit away the answer after deleting it. 10kers usually try to do that within the first 5 min. so it doesn't get logged. – Mysticial Sep 10 '12 at 2:01
@Mysticial - In this case, it's been over 5 minutes, so we probably shouldn't encourage people to edit their answers just to clear them out. This defeats the purpose of the 10K+ and moderator ability to see deleted content, and it just makes our jobs harder. Also, who cares if you posted a bad answer and deleted it. I'm personally proud of the deleted answers I have out there with low scores. Those are those magical times when I really learned something new! :) – jmort253 Sep 10 '12 at 2:06
The comments are much more useful than the answer! – prusswan Sep 10 '12 at 2:08
@prusswan Feel free to edit what you find most useful into the answer to make it better. ;) – Adam Lear Sep 10 '12 at 2:41

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