# Can I eliminate an answer after its deletion?

I know that users with $$10$$k reputation can view other user's deleted answers. My question: Is there a way to completely delete an answer so that no one can view it?

• I'd guess that for at least some of these early Answers, the concern you have for them suggests you'd be inclined to post a better solution now, if time permitted. So consider improving some of those older Answers; your present insights may be useful to others, esp. if some tempting path turns out to be an insufficient attempt. Aug 17 '20 at 13:19
• You can add a comment below your answer to disassociate yourself from it ("I was young and naive when I wrote this!"), and then delete it. Editing an answer, even a deleted answer, will bump the thread (this is by design - see the links here), so comment rather than edit to disassociate yourself (thanks @quid for pointing this out to me). Aug 17 '20 at 16:51

No, this is not possible. This will happen in only very severe cases (think links to child porn) and often those are redacted and not hard-deleted.

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Requesting permanent deletion would go against that. You do have the option to request disassociation by the same license, but if it's just a couple of posts only a handful of users can see (and only if they're actively looking for them), why bother?