Allow us to delete our questions after people have answered them.
Currently, if someone has answered a question I have posted, I am unable to delete that question, even if it is a spam answer. This is unacceptable, and I've put up with it for far too long. if I've got nothing but garbage or troll answers, I will never give somebody best answer, anyway, so what's the point?
NCS Mccabe commented
Respectfully, I disagree entirely. Askers would then harvest good answers and then delete the question. Instead, report the spam answer. If it is spam that has been reported by a number of users, the answer will be deleted by the system. THEN you can delete your question.
Dave G. commented
Yes! YA is flooded with old Q& A posts. They need to be deleted!
Jim Moore commented
If Y!A does implement this, MAKE SURE the highest rated answer gets awarded first!
you can remove/delete this suggestion. All implementing it would do is make the same questions get asked over and over again while the correct answer would remain the same.
The whole point of Y!A is to make questions searchable, so people can find the answer in a minute instead of having to post it and wait for hours or days to get the answer.
Wether the Y!A-search works is another matter..
Ridzi Was commented
The point is what is the point of your question. If none then dont ask. If you get spam then reported, easy.
Henry Boyter commented
Two reasons Yahoo went to this system.
1. Yahoo went back to the original purpose of YA - to build a database of questions and answers. Deletions defeat that purpose. Yahoo gets paid by activity on YA, so they want to keep it.
2. There was great complaining because users were spending time giving good complete answers, just to have them deleted. Users were starting to think they were wasting their time and started skipping questions or giving short answers. This hurt the people really looking for answers.
Most users also do not understand the search engines pick up these questions quickly, so even deletion did not remove posts from the web unless it was done quickly. If all you are getting are bad answers, you may need to look at your questions.
B H commented
The point is that the system doesn't know that all your answers are garbage/troll answers. Too many users would post a violation, get tons of responses, then delete it before it got taken down OR ask a legit question, get good, thoughtful answers, and delete it (which negates the purpose of the site as a database of knowledge/experience for people to be able to access). Report the troll/garbage answers. If questions go back to being able to be deleted, the quality of answers provided will decrease just as they did years ago, when users were able to delete their own questions.