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I just started deleting my useless answers (answers with no up-votes) and I was thinking that a cool feature would be to have a button that just auto-magically deletes these useless answers.

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-1 Just because an answer does not have upvotes, does not mean that it's useless. Same goes for answers with downvotes. – Time Traveling Bobby Jan 3 '11 at 8:09
Perhaps you shouldn't post useless answers? ;-) – Ivo Flipse Jan 3 '11 at 10:30

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I guess a button that magically deleted useless answers would be good, but answers with no up-votes aren't necessarily useless; you shouldn't just mass delete all of them

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if they are not new and nobody has given them any up-votes they are on topic that no1 cares about or wrong or useless. – IAdapter Jan 3 '11 at 6:49
@01 Or the people that found them don't know to upvote them, or don't have enough rep to upvote them, or they haven't helped anyone yet but they might in the future – Michael Mrozek Jan 3 '11 at 6:52
It sounds a bit like a contradiction, you want to have a button, but you don't want to use it. Or was the emphasis on magically ? – bernd_k Jan 3 '11 at 10:40
@01: I've found answers to my questions here - answers that were useful, 0-votes, and two years old. I upvoted them, but if the original poster had been impatient and deleted when they didn't get any upvotes for a few months, my problem wouldn't be solved. <yoda> Patience learn you must, hm? </yoda> – Piskvor Jan 3 '11 at 10:45
@bernd Exactly; my point was that if SO could invent a button that only deletes completely useless answers, that would be good, since the answers are useless after all, but his criteria for useless answers isn't very good – Michael Mrozek Jan 3 '11 at 14:03
@Michael I use two criteria to delete my 0 voted answers: 1st when there is are other nearly identical answers or 2nd when other answers a much superior. Answering sql questions that occurs quite frequent. Further I check not to delete valuable comments (e.g. containing links ). In short I have little hope that there might be some tool which reduces my work very much. – bernd_k Jan 3 '11 at 14:19

I don't think it is a good idea, to do this automatic. It will blindly erase valuable comments perhaps containing useful links. Please take a look at what you are deleting.

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