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Below posts I normally see "share", "edit", and "flag" buttons, but sometimes a "delete" button also appears. How is it decided that this extra button appears?

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    $\begingroup$ If you have permission to delete it, e.g. your reputation is sufficiently high and the score on the answer is sufficiently low; or if you posted the answer. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jan 15 '15 at 8:38
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila:If I delete my question or answer how can others keep track of connected discussions? $\endgroup$ – Narasimham Jan 15 '15 at 8:55
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    $\begingroup$ @Narasimham, that is indeed a problem. I suggest only deleting posts that are no longer relevant. $\endgroup$ – Joonas Ilmavirta Jan 15 '15 at 8:57
  • $\begingroup$ @JoonasIlmavirta, it should be feature of the system ! Deletion of connected discussions should not be left to judgment of any user, right? $\endgroup$ – Narasimham Jan 15 '15 at 9:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Narasimham, the users are the system. There are limitations for deletion: you can't delete a question that has answers with positive score. I think it's only good that users can do a bit of self-moderation and remove unnecessary content they removed themselves. In special cases moderators can undelete posts. $\endgroup$ – Joonas Ilmavirta Jan 15 '15 at 9:07
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At the moment you only have the option of deleting posts that you have created. The criteria under which users can delete their own posts is described in the MSE deletion faq:

When can't I delete my own post?

You can't delete answers that have been accepted.

You can't delete any question that:

  • has an upvoted answer, or
  • has multiple answers (even if there are no upvotes)

You can't delete any of your questions or answers if you haven't registered your account (that is, associated an OpenID with it).

Certain users (as well as ♦-moderators) also have the ability to vote to delete posts of other users. This is also explained in the faq.

If you don't have the ability to (vote to) delete a post, the "delete" button will not appear.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the information. $\endgroup$ – Narasimham Jan 15 '15 at 10:02
  • $\begingroup$ Are the rules the same for meta? $\endgroup$ – ghosts_in_the_code Jan 27 '15 at 15:54
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    $\begingroup$ @ghosts_in_the_code: I'm pretty sure the rules are the same throughout the network (meta-sites included). At least, I've never seen anything to suggest that meta-sites are treated differently in this respect. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Jan 28 '15 at 6:23

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