I seem to recall asking for this feature some years ago and being told it wasn't going to happen, but it seems silly to me that if I suddenly realize I posted a stupid answer that can't be redeemed, I have to rush to open my web browser to delete it. So what is the reason for not allowing it?

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    Back when the app was in active development, no one bothered to implement it. Now the app is no longer being actively developed. Oct 28 '18 at 20:52
  • @Sonic That certainly explains it. Maybe you should post an answer. Oct 28 '18 at 20:53
  • Glorfindel already did. Oct 28 '18 at 20:59
  • A note, even if the app is no longer developped, the mobile site is nice.
    – yagmoth555
    Oct 29 '18 at 0:01
  • @yagmoth There are issues with using a web browser on a small touch screen device. A clumsy touch can navigate you away, for one. Oct 29 '18 at 0:14
  • @Robert Even if the question is duplicate, the situation has changed and the answer is not. Oct 29 '18 at 12:28
  • @MattSamuel if you think that question deserves a better/updated answer you can always write one. Oct 29 '18 at 12:51
  • @Robert I asked this because I don't know the answer, and there's no way I can get a person to write a new answer for an old question. Oct 29 '18 at 13:48

There is no good reason for it other than limited development time and resources back when the apps were being actively developed. It is possible from the iOS app, so the API supports it. However, right now, all development on the apps has been frozen.

And there's no real reason to rush; you can always delete an answer. A single downvoted deleted answer won't cause much harm (unless you're posting a lot of bad answers and are at the risk of a low-quality answer ban).

  • That's a shame. I've basically ceased to use my computer at home for anything but work because I can do almost everything I need on my phone, and the app is much easier to use than the site. Oct 28 '18 at 20:56
  • There is a bit of a reason to rush. Having -2 score and being deleted is worse for a ban than having -1 score and being deleted. Oct 28 '18 at 20:58
  • Sure, but that's only a problem if you're close to a ban anyway. Most users (especially those with 500 rep on Meta) don't come anywhere close.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Oct 28 '18 at 20:59
  • The rushing part is more a matter of embarrassment than a ban. I don't like to post stupid things! Oct 28 '18 at 21:03
  • Trust me, most of us do that, and other people forget about it after 6-8 weeks. I still remember some of my own stupid answers, definitely.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Oct 28 '18 at 21:04
  • @MattSamuel Also note that users can't see deleted posts on one's profile, even if they have 10k rep or more; only moderators can see deleted posts on one's profile. Oct 28 '18 at 22:00
  • @Sonic I haven't really spent much time on the site in a long time, really just using the app, but I recall being able to see recently deleted answers. Oct 28 '18 at 22:18
  • @MattSamuel You only see those on your own profile, not others'. Oct 28 '18 at 22:20

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