A while ago, I asked a very poorly thought-out question. I was very far from erudite in what I was trying to express, and consequently, I would very much like to delete the question from the site, despite it having received a sensible response from @EmilioNovati , who, to his credit, tried to read between my rather fuzzy and obfuscated lines. Is there any way I could delete this question without causing upset or offence, or loss of reputation @EmilioNovati ? (I am perfectly happy to upvote one of his other great answers in compensation). I realise that what i am asking is non-standard, but I feel this question offers nothing to the community, nothing to me as a member of the community, and only serves to bring the quality of questions of this wonderful resource to unthought-out, sperculative nonsence. Is there any way I can achieve the above without being penalised?