I know that deleting a lot of your own questions will get you banned, but will deleting a lot of your own answers cause a ban? If so what type of ban would it be?

  • I don't really see why you would delete a ton of answers for no particular reason. Jul 15, 2012 at 15:55
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    Sometimes I think know something only to find out I really don't. Jul 15, 2012 at 15:57
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    – Arjan
    Jul 15, 2012 at 16:01
  • You can't delete more than 5 answers a day I think and if you hit that limit a "possible vanadalism" flags gets raised by "community" automatically.
    – Flexo
    Jul 15, 2012 at 16:03
  • I tried searching for duplicates but did not find any. If there is a duplicate I did not notice, I am really sorry. What would be the appropriate action for me to do. Jul 15, 2012 at 16:05
  • The duplicate I linked to is not really a duplicate of your question, but it is a FAQ that answers it, and that links to the same source I linked to above as well. So I feel it's a duplicate, but others might disagree, of course. If you're expecting a different answer, then wait to see what happens. If the links answered it for you, you could delete this question, or just wait for it to be closed too. Above all: no worries!
    – Arjan
    Jul 15, 2012 at 16:39
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    Quick rule of thumb on question/answer bans: picture your contributions to the site, deleted and other, and if that picture looks like the work of someone doing good work you shouldn't be banned for anything. If it looks like the work of a cat dancing on a Markov text generator fed on a strict diet of YouTube comments...
    – Shog9
    Jul 15, 2012 at 17:06
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    You donor need the cat. A language model and you-tube comments will do it.
    – Rosinante
    Jul 15, 2012 at 17:11
  • I also want an answer to this question, but not of the so-called duplicates give me a certain feeling of whether or not I can feel safe deleting my old un-upvoted and un-useful answers. If there's someone who's able to nominate this question for re-opening. please do so Jan 9, 2013 at 21:24
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    @Shog9 Well, now I know what my next side project is going to be. Jan 11, 2013 at 16:37

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I know that deleting a lot of your own questions will get you banned, but will deleting a lot of your own answers cause a ban?

Probably not. It really depends on what you're trying to do.

There's an automatic ban (similar to the one for questions) that'll kick in if you're fairly new to the site and most of your stuff gets deleted (by you or anyone else). This is really helpful for stopping spammers and the like, but if you start contributing anything of value it's pretty unlikely you'll ever hit it.

Beyond that, there's some rate-limiting built in, and if you hit it the moderators will find out - if it turns out you're rage-quitting (or otherwise deleting good stuff), you'll probably get a short time out and a polite request to stop.

If you're just deleting a few crappy answers here and there while posting more good ones, you should be fine. If you plagiarize the work of Bill's dancing cats, you're in trouble.

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