I know that deleting a lot of your bad questions can get you banned, but can deleting a lot of your bad answers prevent you from getting unbanned?

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    If I were working for Stack Exchange, to prevent gaming, I'd want to keep the answer to this as confidential as I could. – Michael Petrotta Jun 30 '12 at 4:57
  • What exactly do you mean by gameing? – DrinkJavaCodeJava Jun 30 '12 at 4:58
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    I mean, I'd want to prevent people from learning how to bypass question or answer bans. – Michael Petrotta Jun 30 '12 at 5:00
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    Deleted posts still count against you for the automatic post ban; for answers and questions – Ben Brocka Jun 30 '12 at 5:02
  • Can undeleting them undo it? – DrinkJavaCodeJava Jun 30 '12 at 5:03
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    Why do you ask? – Michael Petrotta Jun 30 '12 at 5:06
  • If deleting bad posts gets you in trouble, wouldn't it make sense that doing so after you've been banned would get you into more trouble? The goal of it is to have you edit your answers to be more appropriate or helpful – Sturm Jun 30 '12 at 7:39
  • @Nathan, the OP wants to know if things are different for answers. Deleting one's own questions is frowned upon as bad questions take time from people who're trying to help. Hence, bad questions should never have been posted to start with. (The same can be said for answers, but someone else might already have given a better answer, or the banned user might not know a better answer, and deleting also cleans up...) – Arjan Jun 30 '12 at 13:25
  • I guess it could also depend on the question. If it is a closed question. I'm not sure if closed question gets auto deleted after some times, but there would be no way to ask in a better way an offtopic question. It has to be deleted in most case. It wouldn't make sense to get banned for cleaning up SO – Loïc Faure-Lacroix Jul 1 '12 at 0:18

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