If I post an answer that gets downvoted for unknown reasons so that I cannot improve it, would it be considered bad form to delete the answer completely? What if the answer gets downvotes, but actually helps the poster solve the problem?
I suppose a lesser consideration might be what happens to the negative reputation points. It's only one point for each downvote, I think, but do they go away? The reason I'm curious about this is I wonder if people would delete all their questions and answers that get downvoted to build up their reputation.