A sensitive issue erupted recently and part of the problem was a user didn't realize the "delete" button was binding, because they're presented with this dialog when they click "delete":

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It seems they interpreted this as "it's just a vote, it won't happen immediately" and defaced their question's text rather than clicking Okay. But it's not really a "vote" in practical terms, it would have been deleted, saving everyone some grief.

Sure, to the database/system it's a binding "vote" but the user doesn't care. You're not voting, you're deleting, and it's needlessly confusing. Just change the text to "Delete this post?" when it's the original poster casting a binding delete vote on their own content. It's also kinda dumb that I get this as a mod, when I don't "vote" either, I just delete, but I'm more concerned about newer/less experienced users being confused.

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    I think this is an excellent feature to have. I have seen several posts that I think should have been deleted.
    – Xarcell
    Mar 15, 2013 at 17:07
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    I vote to agree. Mar 15, 2013 at 18:33
  • I've been caught by this before recently. It is not very intuitive and easy to forget it is a binding vote even if you have enough experience to know better. Mar 15, 2013 at 19:15
  • +1 I deleted an answer recently and was also confused by the voting language. Mar 15, 2013 at 20:01
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    Yeah, I've seen this get misinterpreted (totally understandably!) a bunch of times over the years.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:24

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Added some client side magic.

Self deletes will prompt "Delete this post?" as of the next build.

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