I have asked some simple questions, that maybe were too easy, because I got downvotes on these. After I learned more I found my questions were really easy.

I wonder if I could replace some old questions with other, entirely different questions by editing them. That means, I change the old question. Is that appropriate? Because I don't know how to improve the question that got downvoted, it's too easy, there is no wrong to correct.


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No, don't change old questions whole-sale, that would be a disservice to those who tried to help you answer them.

You are not doing too badly on Stack Overflow. Leave those old questions be; at most, if there are no upvoted answers, you could delete them.

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    Deleting questions isn't a good idea. This can lead to a question ban much faster than just a couple downvotes. Also, deleted questions have no opportunity to be edited, improved, and then upvoted.
    – jmort253
    Sep 3, 2012 at 8:57
  • @jmort253: when all you do is deleting questions, then that's not a good idea. The OP has two out of twelve questions that have been downvoted, and has upvoted answers to boot. No way the OP is in danger of triggering the ban heuristics. Sep 3, 2012 at 9:00
  • @ jmort253 I want to improve the old one either ,but I can't find how to improve,after I learn more I think my question is simply too,that's also the reason why question got downvote,I think.
    – Winnie
    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:00
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    Just be careful not to go on a delete-spree, this won't help you if you do it too much.
    – jmort253
    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:03
  • I really even don't know there is an delete option for OP
    – Winnie
    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:06
  • @jmort253 now I want to change this question to "how to improve the question that's too easy"
    – Winnie
    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:11
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    @Winnie - if the question has no upvoted answers you can delete it.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:12
  • @ChrisF OK ,i see
    – Winnie
    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:19
  • @MartijnPieters Will deleting questions help to lift a ban?
    – NewUser
    Sep 3, 2012 at 9:57
  • @DibyaRanjan: NO, it won't. That is, from what we can make out, the ban heuristics score deleted posts with negative scores against you, deleting more will only make that worse. Sep 3, 2012 at 9:58
  • @MartijnPieters In this link goo.gl/C1Kwu it has stated that fix you question before doing anything so its almost obvious that the user will try to modify the question. Some times user tries too much and changes the whole question
    – NewUser
    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:02
  • @DibyaRanjan: That doesn't mean it's a good idea to do so. 'Fixing your question' could be an uphill struggle for some, if the original premise of the question is terrible. Sep 3, 2012 at 10:03
  • Yes but if some other ways are there to lift ban then you could tell so that users will not modify their questions and start doing.
    – NewUser
    Sep 3, 2012 at 10:07

Fix your questions in any way you see fit, but still keeping the original meaning.

Even if they are downvoted now, you can still fix this. Sometimes what makes a difference between a question being upvoted or downvoted into oblivion is the wording. There are questions that would have otherwise be downvoted/closed/deleted be accepted, just because the wording made the trick. And I've used that trick myself.

Deleting the question is a choice but is not suggested if:

  • you do it too often or too much
  • there already are answers

If you delete too many questions, you're going to trigger the question ban and it's better to avoid it.

Look at your questions, can you improve the wording without changing the fundamental question behind it? Can you add detail? Context? Some prior research? If you don't know what to do with them even after trying, you can ask a Meta question looking for help. Or you can go to chat.

You'll always find someone who can help you fix and improve your question. This might get you upvotes in the long run and not to mention that the question will get bumped and this will cause users to see the fixes, re-considering their votes and even reverting them to upvotes.

  • I 'm confuse about why I got so many downvotes now.Is it not proper here?
    – Winnie
    Sep 4, 2012 at 1:31
  • @Winnie Check under your question for the answer.
    – Alenanno
    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:44

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