# Will deleting my own downvoted question negatively affect those who responded?

Suppose I ask a question, and get several helpful responses, and select one as best answer. The respondents enjoy upticks in reputation when I and others vote their answers up.

Should my question receive downvotes, I might be tempted to run with my newfound information and delete the question, preserving my reputation. But that seems unfair to those who responded.

I suppose they shouldn't have responded to a 'bad' question. But one downvote can lead a user with low reputation to flee, leaving those who put their efforts into answering hanging out to dry.

So, the question remains, will deleting the question remove the gained reputation from those who answered?

• It would, but the question author can only delete their question if there is at most one non-deleted answer, and that has no upvote (regardless of overall score, a single upvote on an answer prevents deletion by the question author). So for the deletion to cause rep-loss to answerers, a question must be deleted by a moderator or the votes of three 10k users (and for that to be possible, it must be closed). – Daniel Fischer Apr 24 '17 at 13:51
• I, for one, don't think there's any problem with your most recent question - even if it seemed obvious upon receiving an answer. Treating $\varnothing$ as an element of a set can be confusing when you first deal with it. – Mark McClure Apr 24 '17 at 13:59
• Related: Losing rep when a Q is removed. There is an exception if the post has been visible for at least 60 days (and some other additional conditions). – Martin Sleziak Apr 24 '17 at 14:20
• BTW a lot of stuff related to deleting posts can be found here: How does deleting work? What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean? What are the criteria for deletion? – Martin Sleziak Apr 24 '17 at 14:27
• How much rep do you really lose from the downvotes? I mean, come on, you're not gonna lose much more than 10 rep on a decent question, and 10 rep is not even 1% of your total rep. – Simply Beautiful Art May 3 '17 at 21:33

You can't delete even your own question if

• it has at least an answer with an upvote (it doesn't matter if it has downvotes)