I put in an answer to a question, but while I was writing/researching the answer, the question changed to include my answer, So it now looks like my answer is complete rubbish and I'm getting down votes.

How can I delete this answer?

  • Also, if you ALREADY got many down-votes, you can request that you rep be re-calculated after deletion, which will exclude the loss from those DV Jan 24, 2012 at 15:14
  • @DVK That's interesting, I don't think I got that many down-votes. I can manage to recoup. But out of interest how/where/from whom(mods?) would you go about that? Or is that a Separate question?
    – AidanO
    Jan 24, 2012 at 15:31
  • It's a separate Q :) But I think recalc flag is on your user page. I don't know if it's automatic or the mods have to actually do it manually. Jan 24, 2012 at 15:49
  • To recalculate your reputation, go to /reputation and click on the button at the bottom. @DVK No, mods don't manually add up all the 10's and 5's and whatnot (:
    – user56
    Jan 24, 2012 at 21:51
  • @Gilles - sorry, I meant that the "recalc" button goes to a mod request, and the mod kicks off the internal recalc script, to avoid people spamming the system with recalc requests that I presume are somewhat expensive Jan 24, 2012 at 21:54
  • @DVK: Yeah, it is expensive. But people can't spam the system, since each user is allowed only one recalc per day. As far as I can tell, recalc is applied instantly, so I guess there isn't any batch processing either. Jan 24, 2012 at 23:14

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You should be able to delete any answer you've created, as long as it hasn't been accepted by the question asker. I've included a screen shot (complete with free-hand circle) from a site where I have lower reputation, to verify that you shouldn't need a certain reputation amount to delete your own answer:

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For more information, this meta post covers this topic.

  • When I selected this link I was given the option to vote to delete the post, not delete it...
    – AidanO
    Jan 24, 2012 at 15:00
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    As the person who posted the answer, your vote is binding, much like a moderator's. Your vote should be all that is necessary to delete it.
    – Beofett
    Jan 24, 2012 at 15:01
  • So is it the case that if i vote to delete my own post it's deleted?
    – AidanO
    Jan 24, 2012 at 15:03
  • Ah, you beat me too it, thanks.
    – AidanO
    Jan 24, 2012 at 15:04

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