Assume someone asks a question, I read it and think "ok I've got it". And post my answer. After some amount of time I realize, or am alerted that my answer is wrong. Perhaps it was too sloppy, or missed a special case, or even maybe I misunderstood the question. Also assume that in the mean time, someone else has answered the question correctly. Their answer has been accepted and all is well.

Should I delete my answer?

I don't think this matter is super important, I was just curious.


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If it's entirely wrong and of no value to future visitors, why not delete it? It's less clutter that way.

If your answer does have something of value not covered by other answers, please don't delete it just because something else is better, although you can edit it to remove the incorrect or irrelevant parts.

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    $\begingroup$ I agree with this, I was mostly curious to see if there is another perspective I am overlooking. $\endgroup$
    – BBischof
    Commented Jul 31, 2010 at 21:06
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    $\begingroup$ If you post something wrong and somebody enlightens you in the comment, edit your question accordingly and leave the enlightening comment for the rest of the world :) $\endgroup$
    – badp
    Commented Jul 31, 2010 at 22:30
  • $\begingroup$ I would only add: Put a comment on your answer before you delete it. "I just realized this is wrong because ____; deleting now." $\endgroup$
    – Wildcard
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 3:53

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