I understand why I can't upvote my own answer, but if I realise that my answer is wrong, why can't I downvote it?

Also, for one answer, I figured I'd just edit saying something to the effect of "warning - this answer is wrong - left in as a warning to others". This seems like the right (but embarrassing) thing to do - but is it?

Basically, what's the normal way to confess your own wrong answers?


Delete it if it's wrong and off base.

By deleting, you help clean up by not littering with an incorrect answer (unless you're a mod and you get the joys of seeing deleted answers amidst the non-deleted).

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    Note that you can't delete it if it's been accepted... – Jon Skeet Oct 7 '09 at 8:20

If it doesn't solve the exact question posted but could potentially be useful to someone else who comes across that question with a similar problem, I sometimes mark the answer as community wiki with a note saying that it's wrong but potentially applicable.

Of course, if it's completely wrong and not at all applicable, then as @random points out, deleting it is the way to go.

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I don't understand-- if your answer is wrong, why you don't just correct it?

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    You can realise it's wrong, without knowing what the right answer is – Ralph Lavelle Oct 7 '09 at 11:01
  • @Ralph - in that case delete it. If you later realise what the correct answer is you can go back to the question, edit your answer and undelete it. – ChrisF Oct 10 '09 at 11:00
  • You can also realise that other peoples answers are right, or better. Why add noise? – Steve314 Feb 23 '10 at 15:19

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