I wish to delete my own incorrect answer to a question. My answer was (for reasons beyond my understanding) marked as correct, although it was pointed out that my answer is incorrect. Does deleting the accepted answer have any ("under the hood") consequences?

Note that this question shares a similar title to but was not strictly answered in this post.


I don't believe so - I've just deleted your answer, so now the OP should (I think) be free to choose a new answer as accepted.

As Theo points out, a meta post is not necessary to request this; simply flag your answer for moderator attention with an explanation that you'd like it deleted, and we will help out.

Also, I figure it couldn't hurt to include here the official meta.SO explanation of the circumstances under which one can and cannot delete one's own posts.

  • $\begingroup$ Maybe it would be worth mentioning the possibility of flagging for moderator attention which certainly would suffice in clear cases like this? $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Oct 24 '11 at 0:26
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your help. $\endgroup$
    – JavaMan
    Oct 24 '11 at 0:42
  • $\begingroup$ I would love to see what happens if you undelete it after the OP accepts another answer!! $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Oct 24 '11 at 0:44
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf: I just did an experiment on one of my posts where I'd accepted my own answer; it turns out the accept checkmark is removed from the deleted answer once another answer is accepted, so it all works out. $\endgroup$ Oct 24 '11 at 0:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Zev: Oh, shame. I was hoping for this tremendous system crash. Chaos is fun! ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Oct 24 '11 at 0:53

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