I would like to delete my question here since the problem was due to human error but I am being warned that I could be blocked: enter image description here

How serious is the warning? Or can I just proceed without worry?

  • $\begingroup$ I think that if you delete once in a while, it's not a big deal. If you delete your questions often you can find yourself in a question ban, which you may not be able to get out of. But once here and then it's not harmful. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Nov 16, 2014 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think (and you should wait for a moderator's word on this) you can be banned for inappropriately deleting just a few questions. If it's too frequent, then that's another matter. In any case you say the question arose from human error, so there's a not so small chance that the question is too localized and as such is not even a good fit for MSE. $\endgroup$
    – Git Gud
    Nov 16, 2014 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ @GitGud it wont let me delete it now. $\endgroup$
    – dustin
    Nov 16, 2014 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila it wont let me delete it now. $\endgroup$
    – dustin
    Nov 16, 2014 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ The (non-)answer was deleted otherwise, it should be possible to delete the question now. $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2014 at 21:05

1 Answer 1


It's a warning meant to make you consider the deletion. So, you should pause to think: does this Q&A pair add any value to the Internet? If your answer is confident no, go ahead and delete.

It is true that deleting many own questions is a factor in automatic question blocks (now rolling time-limits). However, a user with 1000 rep and many well-received posts is unlikely to hit those. You can ignore the second paragraph unless you are on a self-deletion rampage.

Also, note that the system will still block the deletion in the following cases:

  1. The question has two or more answers
  2. The question has at least one answer with at least one upvote (it does not have to have a positive net score: e.g., an answer with +1 -2 votes will block deletion).

In the specific case, it seems the answer might be removed anyway, since it's downvoted and has drawn a vote to delete. When/if it's gone, you will be able to delete the question.

  • $\begingroup$ I just want to delete since it is from user error not a math issue. However, it now wont let me delete it. $\endgroup$
    – dustin
    Nov 16, 2014 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ See my update.. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Nov 16, 2014 at 19:24

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