I asked a question, it has no answers and I don't consider it useful anymore. I have a feeling that it would be a waste of time if someone tried hard to make a solution now. Should I better delete it to avoid this situation?

Question in question: https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/159900/how-to-output-latex-code-verbatim-in-htlatex-mixing-htlatex-with-mathjax

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    Two factors to consider: (1) are there any answers (2) is there likely to be more general interest.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:39
  • @JosephWright Well, (1) no, (2) my feeling is that no, given the low votes.
    – yo'
    Feb 13, 2014 at 12:40
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    @JosephWright not related to this Q but some additional factors 3) Number of Views for Q 4)Days of Q survival without Upvotes Feb 13, 2014 at 14:25
  • Thanks for deleting the question. :-) Feb 14, 2014 at 4:20
  • @TheLastError Were you going to answer it? If yes, I can undelete it of course ;)
    – yo'
    Feb 16, 2014 at 22:25

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For an unanswered question with few upvotes, I think that self-deletion is absolutely fine. That might be different it there were answers, even if not upvoted, or if the question had a lot of upvotes. So there will always be an element of judgement.

  • Thanks. I took the element of judgement and deleted it.
    – yo'
    Feb 13, 2014 at 14:17
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    If you think it's an intelligent question after all, then what's the harm in letting it remain? Feb 17, 2014 at 20:56
  • @AbhimanyuArora, if the author has lost interest in the question, it is unlikely that they will ever accept an answer. Or address requests for clarification.
    – Vorac
    Feb 19, 2014 at 8:19
  • I had a question about the nomencl package link that has a few replies and an "answer" from a newbie that's actually a question. My original issue has since been resolved. It was an issue with my OS rather than TeX. Another SE.Tex user has recommended that I delete the question, as it's unlikely to be of much further help to anyone. Is it possible for me to delete it, or would this have to be done to a moderator? Also, will deleting a question have any impact on my reputation score?
    – cjms85
    Feb 19, 2014 at 17:22

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