I noticed that the question Is Amy Pond Clara's grandmother? has a staggering eight deleted answers.

Do any of the site's questions have more than that?


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Technically it's a tie between two deleted questions (10k+ only):

Both of which have 24 deleted answers. But something tells me that isn't what you meant, so:

Non-deleted questions with most deleted answers

Technically, the winner is How was Ronan able to handle the Infinity stone without being destroyed?, with 11 deleted answers. As amaranth notes in comments, however, this is a somewhat degenerate case; all 11 deleted answers spawned from a single, confused (possibly troll-y) user.

If you want to exclude that nonsense, then we have a three-way tie between:

All of which have ten deleted answers.

In total there are 8 (non-deleted) questions with more than 8 deleted answers, at time of writing:

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    "How does human-robot sex work?" ... erm :-/
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 21:06
  • @Randal'Thor - It works very well indeed
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 21:48
  • @jason - you can probably filter out "answers deleted as part of question's deletion" by checking delete date/time of answer to be different than that of question (probably corrected by precision of epsilon seconds to account for probable deletion speed slowness) Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 3:04
  • @DVK-in-exile Yes, I think that could be done. But I think it would complicate the query, and it wouldn't really be any more performant - I'd still need to join against the PostsWithDeleted table in that scenario, but the exclusion clause would be more complicated Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 4:03

Why could Quirrell tolerate Harry's touch at the beginning of Philosopher's Stone? is an extant question with fifteen deleted answers. That surpasses any of the examples of extant questions mentioned in the other answer.

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