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Currently you can't delete your own question if it contains answers that were upvoted.

I propose there's an exception when the question is being downvoted, because if it is, it may need to be deleted.
Otherwise it goes against the spirit of removing bad content.

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As an aside, when taking it into extremes: "Is it ok for a user to remove all their contributions?" at meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/37720/… –  Arjan Feb 5 '10 at 20:33
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

The reason behind disallowing deletion for questions with upvoted answers is that the people who answer the question in good faith shouldn't lose the reward of turning a bad question into a good answer.

Further, even bad questions might yield good information we want to be found via google later.

If the question is closed, then the question can be deleted, and that's the proper path for a question with upvoted answers that should be deleted - close it, then two days later delete it. In this way you have to have many people in agreement that as good as the answer is, the whole thing just needs to be chucked.

Once the OP submits their question to the community, if someone contributes something the community values, the OP loses the ability to get rid of the question. This is by design.

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Even bad questions can provide good content. That's the entire point of the Reversal badge.

...and if we implement this I'll never get one. =(

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sadtrombone.com –  Adam Davis Feb 5 '10 at 20:23
    
I'm not saying its mandatory to delete it, but that it should be possible –  jmfsg Feb 5 '10 at 20:24
    
@Downvoter - In my experience, it's only the questions that are blatantly offensive and terrible ("how does I give virus to user if they try to reverse engineer my codez?") that get deleted. Such questions are rarely open long enough to get good answers. –  Super Long Names are Hilarious Feb 5 '10 at 21:20
    
You may be right there –  jmfsg Feb 6 '10 at 2:47
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