I want to delete some of my old questions that are off-topic and received downvotes. Frankly, they were bad questions because I was not so mature 3 years ago.

Can someone please tell me what I should do? Should I flag them with deletion request?

  • $\begingroup$ There is a delete option at the end of the question along with share, edit. $\endgroup$ – SarGe Aug 10 '20 at 5:10

From the FAQ on Meta SE on deletion:

You can't delete your own question if it:

You can't delete any of your own posts if you've already deleted five of your own posts on the same day.

If your post does not satisfy any of these exceptional criteria, then you can delete it by clicking on the "delete" button beneath the question, alongside the "share", "edit" and "flag" buttons.

Flagging a moderator for deletion is not the way to go, because if you can delete your own post then you should take the action yourself, and if you cannot then there are probably good reasons for why that is so. The FAQ on deletion has some more details on this point, you can see the section titled "If I flag my post with a request to delete it, what will happen?"

Even if you have the ability to delete your old questions that you feel are off-topic and/or are poorly received, consider trying to improve them using the knowledge you have gained so far. This will be a gain for both yourself as well as the community.

Indeed, as @amWhy points out in the comments below, one's deleted posts are also taken into account when one receives a post ban for low-quality contributions. Though in your specific case this doesn't seem to be an issue, most new users are unaware of this fact and think that deleting their downvoted/closed posts will help bypass the ban, whereas it is not so. Hence, the advice to improve one's poorly received posts is to be doubly encouraged.

The FAQ on post bans goes into greater detail regarding the above points. It might also be useful to go through the suggestions given in the Help Center article I've thought better of my question; can I delete it?.

If you are absolutely sure that you want to proceed with deletion and are unable to do so yourself, you might try posting links to those questions in the chatroom CURED and requesting help in closing and deleting. (I once did so for one of my questions that was an $n$-fold duplicate.)

  • $\begingroup$ But this which I posted satisfies the first three conditions but it is still eligible for deletion. It has a delete option. $\endgroup$ – SarGe Aug 10 '20 at 5:18
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    $\begingroup$ @SarGe Try clicking on the delete button, you should receive an error message. $\endgroup$ – user279515 Aug 10 '20 at 5:19
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    $\begingroup$ Yes! I didn't receive any message but the question remains unchanged even after clicking the delete button. $\endgroup$ – SarGe Aug 10 '20 at 5:23
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    $\begingroup$ @SarGe Ah, the lack of an error message is possibly because you are on mobile. When I try on one of my questions I receive the following banner: i.stack.imgur.com/M5PSH.png $\endgroup$ – user279515 Aug 10 '20 at 5:29
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    $\begingroup$ The only thing I would add, particularly for users with less rep than the asker who asked this question, is that a user's question-asking record included all downvoted and deleted posts, which can lead to question-bans, depending on the number of deleted questions, and the vote count on them. Some users mistakenly believe that deleting questions with negative score will improve their standing, but depending on how many are deleted, deleting too many of them can trigger a question ban. So I concur with Brahadeesh: ... $\endgroup$ – amWhy Aug 12 '20 at 19:23
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    $\begingroup$ ... "Even if you have the ability to delete your old questions that you feel are off-topic and/or are poorly received, consider trying to improve them using the knowledge you have gained so far." $\endgroup$ – amWhy Aug 12 '20 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy That's an important point, especially for newer users as you say. May I incorporate your comment into the answer? $\endgroup$ – user279515 Aug 12 '20 at 19:46
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, feel free to do so, @Brahadeesh! $\endgroup$ – amWhy Aug 12 '20 at 20:02
  • $\begingroup$ @amWhy Thank you, and done :) Hope it's alright. $\endgroup$ – user279515 Aug 12 '20 at 20:30
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    $\begingroup$ Well done, @Brahadeesh! $\endgroup$ – amWhy Aug 12 '20 at 20:31

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