20k users can vote to delete answers with a score of -1 or lower (at any time, I believe), but the voting lacks a check to see if the answer is an accepted answer. IIRC, accepted answers have to be unaccepted before being deleted, even by mods, so such a delete vote should be disallowed completely.

As a test a while ago, I voted to delete this answer, and just now also voted on this one... for fun, I guess.

Since the first one was Jeff's post, I commented on it, but that didn't draw much attention, so I'm posting this. Of course this isn't a huge bug, but it should be fixed eventually.

(Admittedly, I'm very curious to see if 3 delete votes would actually delete the answer and break things horribly. I suspect at least the former would happen.)

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    I added another delete vote for you. Here's to horribly breaking the system!
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 3:40
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    I would finish the business, but I'm just a little short of reputation...
    – juan
    Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 3:48
  • nothing will break but we probably should not allow you to vote to delete accepted answers
    – waffles
    Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 3:50
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    Mods actually can delete accepted answers Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 4:44
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    If someone accepts a really bad answer, why shouldn't 20k-users be able to delete it?
    – gerrit
    Commented Jun 29, 2016 at 14:43

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As Michael mentioned, moderators are not restricted from deleting accepted answers... And neither are 20K users. The restriction applies only to the author of the answer itself. A debatable restriction that has nevertheless probably prevented some amount of abuse over the years.

(Posting this answer to replace an inaccurate one from five years prior)

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    Did you delete a previously-accepted answer on this very question? Inquiring minds want to know! Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 7:54

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