# Is there a way to completely delete posts?

I regularly delete answers if other answers to the same question are better. Sometimes I delete answers because I'm not sure whether they are "good" (e.g. expandable, or conflicting with standard packages, or whatever). In the latter case I do look into the issue again, and undelete the answer when I'm satisfied.

(To be honest I've got quite a lot of accepted answers which I'd like to delete but can't.)

The trouble is that when searching for deleted content with deleted:1 I hget of course both "kinds" of answers, and it's more than 250 by now. In the first situation (bad answers) I would really like to delete the answer completely, such that the search returns only results I should look into. Is that possible without moderator intervention?

• no but you can edit and delete the text it will be in the history but not show up in normal search Aug 13 at 6:35
• Alternative includes bookmarking the interesting questions and use the bookmark instead of searching like that. Aug 22 at 2:34
• You can also follow the question instead of bookmarking it, the difference being that bookmarks are publicly visible in your profile and followed questions are not. Aug 22 at 9:28

You could argue that when you know your answer is not good and/or another answer is better, it is sensible to delete the answer to prevent harm or confusion. However, it could very well be the case that your approach can help some future visitor with a similar problem where a 'best practises' answer does not work at all for some reason, or a best practise would work but is rather overkill, or the future visitor gets an idea from reading your answer that can put them on the right track. And even if your answer is completely wrong (for example suggesting {\it\bf Try this}) then somebody will leave a comment that it is wrong and the future visitor will learn that they should not use that.