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I've tried multiple times to delete my question: Storing data locally - doesn't work?

When I try to delete it I get the error:

Sorry, this question has answers and cannot be deleted; flag it for moderator attention instead.

I followed the error's instructions and flagged the post, but it was declined because "You can delete it yourself":

First flag

Apparently the mods can't see the same error I can, so I screenshotted it and flagged the post again. This time it was declined because "a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it":

2nd flag

What is going on? I'm trying to delete a useless question, and the community finally closed it (afterwards) for the same reason. It's kind of unfair to lose 20% of my allotted flags on this.

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Why do you want it deleted so bad anyway? – juergen d Jun 6 '13 at 17:15
@juergend Who cares, it's besides the point. – Wesley Murch Jun 6 '13 at 17:15
@Fawar Then you absolutely do not want the question deleted. Deleted question strongly contribute towards being question banned, more so than most any other factors. It will become much harder to dig yourself out of the hole that you're in if this question is deleted. – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 17:16
@Fawar: Deleting questions will make the problem worse – Manishearth Jun 6 '13 at 17:16
@WesleyMurch Well, given the answer to Juergend's question, it's actually quite relevant as deleting it will actually be counter productive for the OP, given his motivation for deletion. I'm glad he asked. – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 17:17
@Servy once again, it's not the point. Motivation has no bearing on site functionality. – Wesley Murch Jun 6 '13 at 17:18
@WesleyMurch It wasn't an answer. He wasn't saying that this meta question isn't valid, he was simply asking a related question and, given the answer, it's now clear that the OP should not delete their question. That's helpful. Why are you so set against this helpful question being asked? – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 17:19
@Servy You're right, it's just me being bitter. It just seems so typical for people to attempt to invalidate a question with some short quip like that. I answered an SO question the other day where some 30K user asked the OP "Why do you need a bottom margin on that div anyways??!". It just drives me nuts, I'm gonna take a break from this place again. – Wesley Murch Jun 6 '13 at 17:24
Let's stop discouraging self-deletes of bad questions. :/ – Anthony Pegram Jun 6 '13 at 17:26
@WesleyMurch Asking someone why they need to do X doesn't mean that they shouldn't be doing X, it just means that they need more context to help solve the problem. It's a way of addressing the XY problem. If you know what the true problem is rather than the solution the OP thinks will work you may find a better/easier/quicker solution that solves the true problem. He wasn't saying, "You shouldn't delete the question." However, once finding out the true motivation, it became clear that deleting the question doesn't actually help him, it hurts him, so telling him not to delete helps. – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 17:27
@user414076 Why? I'm more inclined to just not allow it at all, or make it much harder to do, so that people don't q-ban themselves without realizing it. Keep in mind what the purpose of the site is; it's to create a repository of programming knowledge for the world at large. People asking questions, getting their problem solved, and then deleting right away harms the site's primary goal. – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 17:29
@Servy, if the question is bad, we don't want it. If the user gets question-banned for deleting it, I have no qualms with that. (Personally, I think if the content is bad, there should be no additional punitive consideration for deleting it. Let the negative score be enough. But since I don't know the algorithm, I don't know precisely how it's weighted if at all.) – Anthony Pegram Jun 6 '13 at 17:31
@AaronBertrand, punitive as in when people say "deleting increases the chance of being question banned." (Grain of salt, given that none of us know the algorithm.) Rep changes are a different discussion. – Anthony Pegram Jun 6 '13 at 17:33
@Fawar Then they shouldn't be asking questions like that to begin with. You're to the point where you're posting questions with the intent of deleting them as soon as you get an answer, which means you're knowingly draining resources from the community without giving back at all. It should not be surprising that such behavior would not be allowed to continue indefinitely. – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 18:01
There is a very real sense in which what Stack Overflow is not letting you do is delete other people's content if there is any sign that it might be good content. Because that is what deleting a question with answers would do: scrap the work that other people have voluntarily done to help you. – dmckee Jun 6 '13 at 18:22
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It appears you're question banned. You have 17 deleted questions out of 30 questions, most of which you've deleted yourself.

Deleted content counts towards a post ban. If that content has no votes or negative votes, that's going to hurt you.

Deleted content also cannot be undeleted without moderator attention (if deleted by a moderator), and since you lose sight of its URL when you delete it, you also can't get back to it easily.

Why do you keep deleting your content? If the answer is 'because you found your answer', it's going to come to a point where you won't be able to post any more questions.

Your best bet is to:

  • Improve your existing content so it gets upvotes
  • Stop deleting content
  • Don't ask questions when you don't know enough to know whether or not you should ask them. In some cases, it seems like you asked the question and then realized the answer to the problem.

Here are links to your deleted posts. If you want to be unbanned, please try to improve them and flag them for undeletion (or undelete them yourself, if the system lets you):

  1. TabPanels Rendering
  2. Linked View "Template"
  3. Initialize Function, Adding Component to Container
  4. Nested Lists - Tree Store
  5. XML/JSON - Save Data on Device
  6. CSS Inclusion - Architect
  7. IndexOf() on Model?
  8. Singleton - Undefined?
  9. Undefined Breaks Reference?
  10. Local Storage with Composite Objects
  11. Nested List - Back button Removable
  12. onTapHold on a nestedList
  13. List - Template What do we do with it?
  14. How to retrieve parent of a DataView?
  15. Cannot call getAt of Null
  16. Error when Ext.Create
  17. Local Storage, How safe is it?
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The third point is kind of stupid. By asking the question I learn that deletion counted toward ''question banned'' I didnt know before and nothing would ever tell me at all! Since my existing content is in a small community, it won't get much upvote. IS that it? I'm question banned forever for trying to help... – Fawar Jun 6 '13 at 17:23
@Fawar this concern is addressed in Notify users when they are approaching the threshold of getting banned... – gnat Jun 6 '13 at 17:27
@Fawar: By deleting content you are not helping. The site is all abaout questions that help future visitors and not just you. So keep the question for others with the same problem. – juergen d Jun 6 '13 at 17:28
@Fawar I didn't explain that well, but I'm thinking of "Rubber Duck Programming". Specifically, write your question out, and in the course of writing it out, sometimes you learn what the answer is. Only submit it if you've written it out, thought about it, worked on it some more, spoken about it to a rubber duck, and still don't know the answer. It just seems like you're quick to post a question, instead of being sure that you've tried everything before posting. – George Stocker Jun 6 '13 at 17:28
@gnat This feature would be good Thank you George, for the links, I will see what I can do. Plus i'm working 8hours a day on this single project ( intership) so even when I'm blocked I work all day on it to get the job done. – Fawar Jun 6 '13 at 17:31
If you realize the answer to your question, then rather than deleting the question, post the answer as an answer! That's pretty useful for others, after all. – Joe Jun 6 '13 at 17:42
@Joe sometimes I find the answer and understand it was stupid from me. Exemple, missing a coma in my code. – Fawar Jun 6 '13 at 18:00
Honestly I'd still leave that question and answer it. You'd be surprised at how useful that can be - perhaps the particular error you get is actually indicative of a missing comma, and someone else searches that error, discovers your answer, and discovers their missing comma! – Joe Jun 6 '13 at 18:02
@Joe Most of those kinds of questions are just going to be closed as "too localized" because they really aren't useful to others. Really in cases like that it generally means that you didn't take enough time working on the problem yourself before posting it, particularly when it happens as many times as it has for this user. – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 18:04
Sure, but I think you might as well leave that to the other users to decide - perhaps in case it actually is useful. Certainly agree with thinking before posting of course; just if you've already posted, might as well answer it. – Joe Jun 6 '13 at 18:05
@Servy It happened twice out of 30 questions. Don't make me look like that. – Fawar Jun 6 '13 at 18:11
@Fawar You've deleted 17 of 30 questions, so while they may not all have been a missing comma, they were apparently questions that you didn't spend enough time/effort on before asking. – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 18:13
@Servy At the moment they were asked those question were legitimate, but with the experience gained, I see that some of these were quite easy and it was the fact I was not used at all with sencha that made me ask those. – Fawar Jun 6 '13 at 19:07
@Fawar Either the information is readily available and you simply didn't take the time/effort to work on the problem before asking, or it's not, and the question shouldn't have been deleted because it's not easily discoverable information. – Servy Jun 6 '13 at 19:10

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