Sometimes the author of an answer realizes it's wrong, but doesn't know the right answer or can't fix it immediately.

Other times a question is edited so it no longer matches the accepted answer.

Why does Stack Exchange prevent the author from deleting her own answer in these instances?


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It's been that way since the beginning. As far as I can tell it's... because Jeff Atwood wanted to encourage you to edit the answer instead of deleting it.

I believe editing the accepted answer (that you own, and thus can edit by definition) to point to the answer you believe to be more correct is sufficient in this case.

If you feel very strongly you could strikeout your entire post, or elide it completely leaving just a link to the better answer.

--Jeff Atwood

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    and he got a net 18 downvotes for proclaiming that, wow
    – DavePhD
    Dec 14, 2016 at 1:07
  • Another comment suggests flagging for a mod to delete it, which makes we wonder if deleting and undeleting the same answer would remove the acceptance tag.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    Dec 14, 2016 at 12:20
  • @Oddthinking - you got me curious enough to ask. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/288179/…
    – user5341
    Dec 16, 2016 at 4:05
  • Yes doesn't work, I actually checked the code to see if I could work around it before answering...
    – Sklivvz
    Dec 19, 2016 at 0:10

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