My accepted answer https://stackoverflow.com/a/1685286/18157 (from Nov 2009) has gone from +8 to -2 (i.e. 10 downvotes) even though AFAICT it actually answers the question as it was asked. The top upvoted answer doesn't seem to relate directly to the question but another issue that results in similar errors.

Since it seems a lot of people feel it doesn't address the question, should I take some action, such as deleting the answer? I've never encountered this before... what is the proper behavior in this case?

EDIT: With the help of a few others the answer has been deleted. Thanks.

  • This is a problem with accepted answers, if people disagree they'll very agressively downvote in the hope the answer is deleted, not realising it can't be deleted Jan 28, 2014 at 22:31
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    The problem with your answer is that it explains the problem in a single sentance but does not provide any solution. It should rather be a comment IMO. People trying to bring better answers to the top by downvoting yours.
    – juergen d
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:33
  • I agree that there are a couple of other answers that actually answer the question and provide a solution, so I would delete my answer if I could.
    – Ex Umbris
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:34
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    I could vote to delete it if you would like...?
    – Doorknob
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:34
  • @DoorknobofSnow I don't think you can delete an accepted answer either, can you? Jan 28, 2014 at 22:36
  • @psubsee2003 I can vote to delete it. (3 votes from 20k+ user deletes any answer) In fact, there's already one delete vote on it (not me)
    – Doorknob
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:36
  • @DoorknobofSnow true, but I don't think the last delete vote would be allowed until it is unaccepted. Jan 28, 2014 at 22:38
  • I tried to vote-to-delete but it won't let me (and I have 35.9K rep). I'm going to flag it for moderator attention.
    – Ex Umbris
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:38
  • @ExUmbris That's because you're the owner of it. I just deletevoted as well
    – Doorknob
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:38
  • Last delete vote cast. :-)
    – Ken White
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:44
  • It's gone, thanks for the help. Not sure how to resolve this question now... :-)
    – Ex Umbris
    Jan 28, 2014 at 22:45
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    Perhaps it's time to revisit this old feature request: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/14932/… Jan 28, 2014 at 22:48


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