So, I recently asked a question on Meta about what I should do about one of my answers that was being downvoted out of bias (I am a ID proponent, and apparently SE is highly Evolutionist). Anyway, this question turned into a bunch of people saying that I am wrong for being a Creationist.

When I went to delete the question, I was alerted that I cannot delete it, since people had "answered" it, and it is "unfair" that the "work" they put into it should be deleted.

How do I delete it anyway?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't mean to be blunt, but there isn't a way for you to delete it, for the reasons given. It's a valuable discussion, and as far as I can see, only certain comments talk about creationism at all; the answers address your core concern. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Jan 7, 2020 at 18:07
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    $\begingroup$ The error message you got and HDE’s comment are correct: you can’t delete your question, because it would unilaterally rob people of the effort they put into answering it. $\endgroup$
    – Dan Bron
    Jan 7, 2020 at 18:33
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    $\begingroup$ To be clear we're talking about a question you asked on Meta? AFIAK there is no consequence for a question being downvoted on meta*. *With the exception of spamming meta with poor questions. $\endgroup$
    – sphennings
    Jan 7, 2020 at 21:08
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    $\begingroup$ @sphennings : It is not about loss of reputation, it is with the acute off-topicness. $\endgroup$
    – User70058
    Jan 8, 2020 at 1:57

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You cannot for the reasons listed. Doesn't matter if it is the main site or meta. It would have to be extraordinarily problematic for a moderator to step in and delete it.

I suppose you could run for moderator if we ever have another election, and then, if you win, you could delete it.

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    $\begingroup$ Nope to the last sentence. Moderators are not above the rules. Answered questions do not get deleted, that's a rule. $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch Mod
    Feb 1, 2020 at 20:52
  • $\begingroup$ @ldutch but it is a power you have, right? So if thescribe is the last moderator remaining...? $\endgroup$
    – SRM
    Feb 2, 2020 at 1:43

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