When I try to delete How do I add a patch to patches in composer.json from the command line? I get a "You cannot delete this question as others have invested time and effort into answering it." message, but the question was answered by me.

Why can't I delete the question?

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    I would not have deleted the other answer simply because somebody does not agree that 3 in 3.2 is also indicating the branch. Yes, it is true that somebody could create a 3.2 release from a 4.x branch, but that is not what usually happens with projects hosted on drupal.org.
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 17:52
  • no, I deleted because of the downvote. and somewhat because of the condescending comment too. Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 18:23
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    A single down-vote does not count. You should have ignored it.
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 19:40

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The system doesn’t allow you to delete posts which have been positively voted upon, as it indicates the community find value in them; it’s the same on all Stack Exchange sites.

If you don’t want to remain associated with the question you’re welcome to contact Stack Exchange directly and request a disassociation (link at the bottom of the page). They will remove your name and avatar from the post.

They’re not likely to delete the content, though, as the license which you agreed to post the content under protects them from having to do so, and as I said, valuable content doesn’t get deleted.

  • Truly, the license does not forbid that answers are deleted. In fact, questions posted as answers are deleted, even if the license would be equally valid for those "answers" too.
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 17:57
  • Correct, the license exists so they don’t have to delete it, for any reason, if they don’t want to. I thought I made that clear but I’ll reword it in a bit if it’s ambiguous
    – Clive Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 18:00
  • In fact, they will not delete a question posted as answer because that would be done by a moderator. ;-)
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 18:04
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    Jokes apart, Stack Exchange does not accept requests to delete content because Stack Exchange sites are seen as a collective work. Stack Exchange does not consider single questions for which the same person who asked the question posted an answer too.
    – avpaderno Mod
    Commented Oct 25, 2023 at 18:13

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