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What should I do with my question if I found out that it is invalid?

For example, I have posted a question whining that something is not working, only to find out half an hour later that I was looking at the completely wrong place.

Should I simply delete the question, flag it as invalid, or something else?

[Edit] Why I am asking is because I actually consider parts of the question to be informative (at least for my own future reference). So I thought deleting it would not be the best option of all.

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You should delete it if possible. Otherwise, add an answer of your own explaining how you solved the problem, and accept that. –  jjnguy Jul 14 '10 at 14:51
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You can also flag for a moderator and request for it to be deleted, if you can't delete it yourself. –  Aarobot Jul 14 '10 at 14:52

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  • If the question you asked represents a possible real problem, edit in a little note to the extent that you seem to have been mistaken, but leave the question and vote for good answer to it. It will be available as a resource in the future.
  • If the question describes a seemingly impossible situation that you've just discovered doesn't actually obtain, you are probably best deleting it. If you can't edit to admit to the situation so that other won't spend a lot of time trying to answer it.
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There is no "flag as invalid". If you think it's something that could happen to someone else, post an answer on your own question and accept it. If it's a one-time thing and this question wouldn't help anyone else (which is what it sounds like in this case), just delete it

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If you have 250 reputation, the best thing to do is probably delete it. If you don't have 250 rep yet, the best thing then is probably to just flag it.

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