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Please allow us to delete our old, subpar, unvoted answers

I started cleaning up some of my old answers that are bad or that have the same information that's present in the accepted / higher scoring answer, and I hit this: You have already deleted 5 of your own posts today; further deletes are blocked

So I can't delete more than 5 posts a day. That limit makes sense for protecting good answers, but I am mainly deleting answers with zero or negative score. They are most likely not good enough.

How about increasing the limit to 20 zero-or-negative answers? (and 5, or even less with 1+ score)

You can also limit that based on the total number of answers. If a person with 30 answers tries to delete half his answers, something's wrong. But if someone with 4500 tries to delete 20 of his oldest answers - that's probably fine.

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  • Well, that's what you get for leaving bad answers in the first place! – McCannot Jul 22 '11 at 18:28
  • Seriously, though, are you really sure these are worth deleting? Negative-scored answers I can understand, but answers with a score of zero don't necessarily have an information content of zero. – McCannot Jul 22 '11 at 18:31
  • @camccann be sure that I am assessing them very critically. I had to go through 3 pages of 0-scoring answers to delete 5. – Bozho Jul 22 '11 at 18:33
  • Okay, I can buy that. I looked through a random assortment and most of your zero-score answers seemed to have low views and be informational but not quite what the questioner wanted. – McCannot Jul 22 '11 at 18:36
  • yes, I leave those in place. But look at stackoverflow.com/questions/1866921/… for example - it gives 1 link that is invalid. – Bozho Jul 22 '11 at 18:38
  • @Bozho: Flag such answers with an explanation and a mod will delete them. – Robert Harvey Jul 22 '11 at 20:35
  • For what it's worth, I flagged that particular answer about an hour ago with the following explanation: "No actual content, only contains a rotted link that no longer points to anything useful, author of post agrees that it's worthless (see: [link to this meta question] )". Figured a demonstration would be most effective. ;] – McCannot Jul 22 '11 at 21:07
  • @camcann: The average handling time for flags on SO is currently about an hour and a half. – Robert Harvey Jul 22 '11 at 21:18
  • @Robert Harvey: I wasn't implying I expected a faster response, if that's what you mean. Just trying to give Bozho more context. – McCannot Jul 22 '11 at 21:25
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    Everything is rate-limited on Stack Overflow. This particular rate limit is to prevent massive damage from rage-quitting users deleting their own posts. – Robert Harvey Jul 22 '11 at 21:38
  • I find it unlikely that a user with 100k+ rep would rage-quit :) – Bozho Jul 22 '11 at 21:43
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    @Bozho: Of course, it sometimes happens. – Chris Frederick Jul 22 '11 at 21:55
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    @Bozho I wouldn't be so sure of that myself – jcolebrand Jul 22 '11 at 23:12
  • FYI: out of 8 flagged posts only one was deleted. Might be because it's Saturday, but still. – Bozho Jul 23 '11 at 16:59

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