What should I do with my question if I found out that it is invalid?

For example, I have posted a question whining that something is not working, only to find out half an hour later that I was looking at the completely wrong place.

Should I simply delete the question, flag it as invalid, or something else?

[Edit] Why I am asking is because I actually consider parts of the question to be informative (at least for my own future reference). So I thought deleting it would not be the best option of all.

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    You should delete it if possible. Otherwise, add an answer of your own explaining how you solved the problem, and accept that.
    – jjnguy
    Jul 14, 2010 at 14:51
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    You can also flag for a moderator and request for it to be deleted, if you can't delete it yourself.
    – Aarobot
    Jul 14, 2010 at 14:52

3 Answers 3

  • If the question you asked represents a possible real problem, edit in a little note to the extent that you seem to have been mistaken, but leave the question and vote for good answer to it. It will be available as a resource in the future.
  • If the question describes a seemingly impossible situation that you've just discovered doesn't actually obtain, you are probably best deleting it. If you can't edit to admit to the situation so that other won't spend a lot of time trying to answer it.

There is no "flag as invalid". If you think it's something that could happen to someone else, post an answer on your own question and accept it. If it's a one-time thing and this question wouldn't help anyone else (which is what it sounds like in this case), just delete it


If you have 250 reputation, the best thing to do is probably delete it. If you don't have 250 rep yet, the best thing then is probably to just flag it.

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