I would like an admin or moderator to delete some of my questions.
These questions were asked when I was just starting out at my development:

I just want to start a new life here. I want to delete these horrible questions.

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    Why not just spend a little time to clean them up?
    – random
    Nov 6, 2009 at 9:16
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    If you're that worried about it, why not start a new account? Nov 6, 2009 at 9:29
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    Embrace them! You are learning from your mistakes. Keeping them would show a strengthened personality. Nov 6, 2009 at 10:01
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    You can do it yourself, go to "start" -> "run" -> enter 'cmd' and type 'format c:\'
    – beggs
    Nov 6, 2009 at 12:23
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    Ignoring whether or not you should request this at all, this would be better done by emailing t[email protected] instead of airing it all out here on meta. Nov 6, 2009 at 14:44

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One issue here is that sometimes there are very good answers to... "wanting" questions. And perhaps somebody else might have a similar question and benefit from them?

Personally I'd say keep them and wear them as battle scars. A second best might be to somehow detach them from your account... Jeff?

  • there is no good way to do this, we'd have to manually manipulate the database for every post. So the answer is probably No. Nov 8, 2009 at 23:34

"These questions were asked when I was just starting out at"

Some of them (like What Was The Biggest Thing That You’ve Done In R? [closed] and What I Can Do With R?) were asked within the last two days. Seems you're making rapid progress.


There is stuff I feel stupid for asking, but as Marc stated, other people might have similar issues and get the great help I got back in the day.

I'm smarter now, and looking back on these questions, I often ask myself "what was I thinking" but I'm proud of them, since without them, I wouldn't be the person I am today.

  • Your "stupid" questions have no downvotes like his ones. But I can fix that for you, if you want :) Nov 6, 2009 at 13:01
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    If that's what you feel, go for it :) I don't mind. Vikings can take anything! Nov 6, 2009 at 13:03
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    I love vikings! They don't whine :) Nov 6, 2009 at 13:06

Why can't you delete them yourself? I thought there was a delete button on questions.

Incidentally recently I answered somebody's question about binary coded decimal and then he suddenly deleted the question. Admittedly the question was phrased in such a way that he came across looking foolish, and perhaps he was embarrassed, but I think there might be other people with the same notion, so I think it would be preferable not to delete it. Also, my answer was also deleted along with the question, boo hoo.

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    If the answers have upvotes or the question is locked, you can't delete it. Your posts do not belong to you ;) Nov 6, 2009 at 10:49
  • My answer had one upvote I believe.
    – delete
    Nov 6, 2009 at 10:50
  • Yes, fairly sure, but as the answer has been deleted I can't go back and check it. The question was deleted only a few minutes after I'd answered it. The question was "Why doesn't Intel have (binary coded decimal) in their chips?", where the questioner hadn't got the name of it, and I answered him with a short answer and a link to Wikipedia.
    – delete
    Nov 6, 2009 at 11:10

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