When one tries to delete an answered question the following message shows up.

Repeated deletion of answered questions can result in your account being blocked from asking. Are you sure you wish to delete?

My question is, after how many times of deleting answered question ones account get blocked ?

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    $\begingroup$ I believe the actual algorithm is kept a secret by the developers to prevent gaming of the system. $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 16:56
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    $\begingroup$ Why do you want to delete some of your answered questions? $\endgroup$
    – Did
    Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 17:10
  • $\begingroup$ My question does not make sense this way and and I would like to edit it, but it is has been answered. On the other hand one could ask this question for curiosity. $\endgroup$
    – Math137
    Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 17:12
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    $\begingroup$ @math137 You would ask, and knowing how the system works, delete so that you're not punished. Then you could ask and delete content to your pleasure, which is not something we condone in the site. $\endgroup$
    – Pedro Mod
    Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 17:21
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    $\begingroup$ @math137 You can ask a new, updated question if the modifications you want to make are incompatible with existing answers. It's not a big deal (and IMO it's better than changing the question and making current answers meaningless). You can even link the first question in the new one. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 18, 2015 at 17:24

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We don't want users to delete their question after they have received an answer. This is because that deprives the answerer the chance to get the reputation bonus they deserve for their work. Somebody considered the question worth answering, and after that point the community should decide whether the question is worth keeping. This applies equally to the answers. While the things you post are your intellectual property, the site legalities (you approved of the terms of service by posting) mean that we get some rights to the posted copy, should we want to keep it.

There are many reasons why a user might want to delete the question. Noticing that they asked an uninteresting variant is one of the better ones. But more typically (?) a self-deleter is someone who wants to cover their tracks - like a student who doesn't want their teacher to see that this question was answered in the internet.

The rule exists to keep users from abusing the possibility habitually. The details of the question-ban threshold are kept a secret, so that such users cannot game the system by skirting at the boundary. It is clear that you had no such motives, but the answer to your question has been upvoted.

My advice to you is:

  • Roll back this question to match the version that was answered.
  • Ask a new question. Possibly add a link to the older version. That way everybody will see that you noticed that you really wanted to ask something a bit different, and everybody will be happy.

One final remark. If one notices that the posted version of a question was obviously wrong then one can edit without worrying about stepping on the toes of the answerers. In particular if the OOPS-moment comes within the five minute grace window. In those cases the would-be-answerers usually comment anyway. The quickest draws may already have started typing answers, but they deserve, IMHO, very little sympathy.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't know about editing it in peace, but at least you can edit it in place. $\endgroup$
    – GEdgar
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 15:07

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