Recently, I asked this question on Physics SE. This was a case of myself not thinking things through before asking the question; in any case the question was not of high quality and subsequently (rightfully) received downvotes.

The question is one that is very hard to "edit" to become a high-quality question. It has been marked as "not suitable for the site" and "off-topic" (both of which I agree with, by the way). Thus, I am considering deleting the question; simply letting it staying here doesn't make the site better, and might encourage more low-quality questions.

However, the question also has an accepted answer and it has also been viewed 67 times (as of the current moment). I do not want the efforts of the contributors on the questions to be in vain.

Should I delete the question (for the good of the site) or keep the question (for the good of the contributors)?

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    Once a question was answered and has upvotes you cannot delete it anymore. Check How does deleting work? and scroll to When can't I delete my own post?. What you should do is to edit your question to become a better question and eventually re-opened, which is not an easy task, btw. Be careful not to change the context in a way the given answer wouldn't make sense anymore!
    – Vickel
    Dec 28 '21 at 23:47

For everyone's clarification, Vickel has pointed out that you can't delete your question if you have a question that already has any of the following:

  • An answer with any number of upvotes (including just 1)
  • An accepted answer
  • Multiple answers
  • An answer with an awarded bounty
  • At least one other question that is marked as a duplicate of your question

(These are paraphrased from here)

So, instead, you should try to improve your question. This means you shouldn't try to:

  • Change the content of a question to the point the existing answers doesn't make sense
  • Change the question's title to the point the existing answers doesn't make sense
  • Combination of the two above

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