Suppose someone have asked a Question on stackExchange & Other users reported as its not a good question, few of them says it's an opinion based question & getting downvotes again and again on that question. There are few answers are availabe in that asked question. So What is the solution to avoid downvotes again & again. Could he/she delete his question?

But my problem is that, questions having number of answers never deletes. How to overcome this?

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    I'm not sure I understand the question. Are you asking how to avoid asking a question that's likely to get downvoted? Or how to prevent a question what already has a few downvotes from getting more downvotes? Or something else?
    – user246
    May 10, 2016 at 14:05

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Questions are generally only deleted by moderators (diamonds or high-rep users) when they actively cause harm to the site itself. Examples are spam, racism and other discriminatory behavior), intentional misconduct, and of course anything that might be considered fun. We hate fun. Causing minor harm to a user's reputation is not a reason why a delete vote would be cast by us. Any user can delete their own post at any time for any reason.

As for how to prevent downvotes in general:

  • Make your questions clear and answerable
  • Make your answers clear and on-topic
  • Heed the feedback of other users suggesting you clarify, reword, or even remove parts of your post
  • When asking a question, don't post right away - read it after 20-30 minutes as if you've never seen it before. I personally find this answers over half the questions I type and then I don't even need to post them.
  • Edit, edit, edit!! Editing your posts and always making them better is the number one way to increase signal to noise ratio which is where reptuation comes from.
  • Ask questions here on Meta when unsure of policies, procedures, and customs (which you've clearly started doing already)
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    Absolutely right. Thanks for your help. Now my question is- How to delete that question. Could they ask to moderator for deleting? can moderator consider it & delete the question? May 12, 2016 at 10:00
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    Moderators can. For example, you recently flagged a question asking it to be deleted. I declined it because it wasn't one that I felt needed to be deleted. If you find spam or active harm, definitely flag those. If it is your own then you will find the delete button in between the edit and flag buttons.
    – corsiKa Mod
    May 12, 2016 at 15:09
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    Own questions could not be deleted if it has answered someone, Means we cant delete it, even if we try to click on delete button May 13, 2016 at 5:41
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    Interesting. I just tried it out (on a site I'm not a moderator on, obviously) and it did indeed block me. I'll keep that in mind for future flags as I was unaware of this 'feature'.
    – corsiKa Mod
    May 16, 2016 at 21:10

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