Just what the title says: I've had many questions marked as duplicates when I first started using this site, and I was wondering if it's okay for me to delete them.

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    $\begingroup$ I'll add link to another answer which makes the point that duplicates might be useful. (This point was already made in Daniel Fischer's answer.) $\endgroup$ Dec 13, 2015 at 0:28

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It depends. Ultimately it's your decision whether you want to delete your unanswered duplicate questions - within the constraints of the software: you can't delete more than five of your own posts per day; and deleted posts can be undeleted by other users, though for unanswered duplicate questions that's rather unlikely to happen.

But some duplicate questions serve a useful purpose. If duplicates ask the same question in a different way, that gives a larger hit-area for future searchers. They will then find the answer to their question via different searches, and so having several differently phrased versions of the same question on the site reduces the number of future duplicates asked.

So I would recommend comparing your question to the duplicate target, and other duplicates of that, if there are some. And look at the view count. If your question differs from the other versions, or it has a high view count, then it is probably a useful question to keep on the site. If your question is for all practical purposes identical to another version, and it has low view count, there's probably little value in keeping it around.

Look at your questions and make your judgement.

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    $\begingroup$ About the last paragraph, Shog9 posted a clarification recently: Can self-censoring end up with a question ban? $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    Dec 12, 2015 at 21:57
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, I had read that, but forgotten again. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Dec 12, 2015 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ Regarding the view count, at least for those navigating the site without logging in, clicking the link for an unanswered duplicate redirects to the other question, which probably doesn't (I guess) increase the view count even if it does help direct someone to the other question. $\endgroup$ Jul 13, 2016 at 19:26

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