I've noticed that, sometimes, when a user answers a question and the answer is not received well, the answer disappears.

When I try and click the delete link below one of my own answers, it asks if I want to vote to delete my answer.

When can users delete their own answers, and when can they only vote to delete them?

  • I noted a similar behavior a while ago: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/32596/…
    – Pops
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:31
  • @Popular This link refers to a thread about the tooltip for the undelete button, and is not directly related to my question. Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:36
  • the same logic applies to undelete as delete. Except for mods and the post owner it takes multiple votes to change the state of the post.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:39
  • @ChrisF Okay. FWIW, the link above is really only about the tooltip not being updated after the answer had been deleted. Now I wonder if the incorrect wording is intentional to discourage deleting your own answers. Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:44
  • Should this be a feature request/bug report? If authors can delete their own answers, the hover text shouldn't say "vote to delete" should it? Commented May 17, 2012 at 15:22

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It's misleading text. It says vote, but as the author, your one vote is enough to make the deletion happen.

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    retag as bug then, perhaps? or at least feature-request? Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:31
  • If that's the case, then, yes, it is misleading. Commented Feb 17, 2011 at 16:34

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