The unregistered user petra tried to remove this answer as it really isn't an answer. However, it seems that unregistered users don't get to see a "delete" link below the post. Is this a bug or a feature?

  • Feature: The Stack Exchange software doesn't trust you very much if you aren't logged in. Dec 20, 2010 at 19:46
  • For the record, I've now deleted the answer that sparked this question. Dec 20, 2010 at 21:17

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From Shog's accepted answer to What can cause a post to be deleted, and what does that actually mean?:

When can't I delete my own post?

You can't delete your answer if it has been accepted.

You can't delete your question if it has more than two answers, if an answer has a score >= 2, or it has been closed less than 48 hours ago.

You can't delete any of your questions or answers if you haven't registered your account (associated an OpenID with it).

  • Thanks. So I guess that in such a case, flagging for moderator attention is the correct approach. Dec 20, 2010 at 19:48
  • Is it good to delete your own (correct) answers if others have given more complete ones?
    – Alan Munn
    Dec 31, 2010 at 22:53

I don't know the answer to the actual question, but moderators can delete posts. So if this arises again, flag the post for moderator attention.

(I just left a note on that answer saying that I'd delete it once you and Petra had seen my note saying that I'd delete it...)

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