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I'm trying to delete this post. No luck, getting an orange "An error has occurred - please retry your request" box. Retrying repeatedly doesn't accomplish anything.

Looking at the "Oops" http response with Firebug, I'm seeing this phrase:

<!-- Actual error:
Index (zero based) must be greater than or equal to zero and less than the size of the argument list.
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Hmm, I didn't have a problem with it. That post was flagged by Community to inform us that you might be vandalizing your own posts (I have no idea why it thinks so); perhaps the system is stopping you? – mmyers Mar 3 '11 at 18:03
@mmyers - maybe because I tried to delete it a dozen times? The oops response looks like a genuine .NET exception to me. – Uphill Luge Mar 3 '11 at 18:07
Maybe so. I've never seen that kind of auto-flag before, so I don't know what triggers it. – mmyers Mar 3 '11 at 18:13
I will of course fix the script error as well... – Marc Gravell Mar 3 '11 at 18:49
@Hans - the lolcat was my last-minute "tested fine, but let's improve that message" tweak... let's just say string.Format("blah {0} more blah")... spot the error... – Marc Gravell Mar 3 '11 at 20:32
I see it, comma "lolz". – Uphill Luge Mar 3 '11 at 20:38
up vote 4 down vote accepted

This is a recent change, that attempts to prevent wide-scale destruction of content, which sadly happens occasionally. There is a nominal cap on the number of your own posts that you can delete per day. Have you deleted many?

It is odd that the message came up wrong; that was meant to explain everything...

I'm guessing that at least some of the deletes were things that you posted very recently (today/yesterday), but better answers have been posted or the question altered; so I'll tweak it to not count posts from today/yesterday in that.

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Not quite sure, maybe two or three. Yes, recent posts. Fixing the message will go a long way, I reckon. You might also want to give a pass on downvoted posts. – Uphill Luge Mar 3 '11 at 18:50
@Hans - done, btw; only posts >= 0 are now counted – Marc Gravell Mar 3 '11 at 21:54
Great. I'm guessing you'll hear more about this. There are a fair number of contributors that delete ignored and forgotten un-upvoted posts. They have a strong argument for > 0. – Uphill Luge Mar 3 '11 at 21:59
@Hans bring it on :) actually that isn't in jest; we can then figure out what their scenaio is and see how best to help – Marc Gravell Mar 3 '11 at 22:29

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