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Is there any good to keep the your answers with $0$ votes or it's better to delete them?
I've answered some questions lately and some are left without a comment or anything. What's your experience with this issue?

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    $\begingroup$ This happens sometimes. One answer of mine got cited in an arXiv preprint — but hasn't received any upvotes anyway. $\endgroup$ – Grigory M Jan 21 '14 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ Wow! could you provide an arXive link of such incident? $\endgroup$ – Spock Jan 21 '14 at 21:00
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    $\begingroup$ @Spock: for a slightly different case, see reference 4 in shameless advertisement. Of course I did upvote the answer, so that's slightly different from Grigory's scenario. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Jan 22 '14 at 8:09
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    $\begingroup$ @WillieWong Apparently, the list of references is not available in the free version. $\endgroup$ – Tobias Kildetoft Jan 22 '14 at 10:00
  • $\begingroup$ @GrigoryM: That (not receiving upvotes) was because it was not really an answer (I still ends with "I'll try to fix it"), although it was a nice and ultimately fruitful idea. But of course I was glad to have read the attempted answer; I might upvote it just for that. By the way the preprint has now been published. $\endgroup$ – Marc van Leeuwen Jan 30 '14 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ Dear Marc, I haven't meant you had done anything wrong — and glad that my [unsuccessful] attempt somehow helped you. I just thought that the story illustrates the point «0-upvoted answers are [somewhat] useful sometimes» well enough (and sounded funny enough) to share it. $\endgroup$ – Grigory M Jan 30 '14 at 11:37
  • $\begingroup$ @GrigoryM: I'm glad you shared it, and I didn't (and won't) feel guilty about this. Maybe my comment was just a pretext show I recognised the case, and to post the link. $\endgroup$ – Marc van Leeuwen Feb 1 '14 at 15:21
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An answer with $0$ votes does not hurt your reputation. If it is a good answer, it helps the site and someone may discover that it is a good answer and upvote it in the future.

If it is a good answer, leave it.

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    $\begingroup$ There's also the allure of the badges Tenacious and Unsung Hero. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Jan 27 '14 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ If it is an useless answer, it'll get downvoted. Or at least ignored. $\endgroup$ – vonbrand Feb 1 '14 at 16:41
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Yes, in my opinion, it's not even close -- you should leave up any answer without wrong mathematics.

I get the sense that upvotes don't work very well for answers (they work very well for questions). There is almost no correlation between the answers I write that I like very much and the answers I like that get upvotes.

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  • $\begingroup$ Agreed. I've had several answers ride the HNQ rocket, and only one did I feel actually deserved that level of attention and votes. Happily, that is my most highly voted answer of all time on any site. :) $\endgroup$ – Wildcard Jan 6 '17 at 13:46
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Do I hear some frustration here? In one or two months, you will probably be pleasantly surprised when some of your old zero vote answers receive an upvote. Explanation: You probably answered quite a few questions from users not having enough reputation yet to upvote your answers. These users very rarely realize that they can accept your answer. What happens over time is that either these users gain enough reputation to upvote your answer, or else the taskforce to cleanup the unanswered queue will upvote your answer, because questions without an upvoted or accepted answer are treated as unanswered. Let me assure you that these people read your answer first, and only upvote it if it answers the question.

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    $\begingroup$ What happens over time is that either these users gain enough reputation to upvote your answer But do they actually go back and upvote later? $\endgroup$ – starsplusplus Jan 24 '14 at 10:37
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    $\begingroup$ "or else the taskforce to cleanup the unanswered queue will upvote your answer, because questions without an upvoted or accepted answer are treated as unanswered." Huh. I was wondering why some of my older 0-score answers would get upvotes months later. Guess now I know. $\endgroup$ – Dennis Meng Jan 26 '14 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ @DennisMeng: questions without an upvoted answer get brought back by the site robot. That lets many people look at your answer. Another chance for upvotes. $\endgroup$ – Ross Millikan Jan 28 '14 at 4:40
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Unless I notice (or am notified of) serious problems with an answer of mine, I keep them around, regardless of the score. I see no reason to delete such answers, as there is no telling whether some future visitor may come across an answer and find them valuable. Heck, it's possible that users have already found these answers valuable, but haven't gained enough reputation to upvote them.

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    $\begingroup$ Good point about the users who might not be able to upvote yet. $\endgroup$ – robjohn Jan 21 '14 at 19:57
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    $\begingroup$ @robjohn: Or don't bother to upvote them. I have had a number of answers that didn't attract any upvotes at the time, but later did with a comment that indicated it was helpful, not just upvoting to keep the question from appearing again $\endgroup$ – Ross Millikan Jan 25 '14 at 4:24

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