Recently, I've got a question with a score of -4, so I have deleted it and I got my reputation back. Is this act considered to be ok?

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    Note that in the case of deleting answers, the downvoters will also get their reputation back. (Downvoting questions is free)
    – MrLemon
    Feb 18, 2016 at 9:05

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As long as there are no answers on it (i.e. you can self delete), yes.

There's even a badge for it so it's encouraged.

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    Reposting the question afterwards is seriously frowned upon though, since that is essentially shedding downvotes, and that is not allowed.
    – Arperum
    Feb 18, 2016 at 11:29
  • @Arperum - unless the new version is an improvement. Such as the original question was unclear/showed no research, but a repost is of a greater quality. I don't think that should be frowned upon (assuming the new question is of greater quality).
    – user101016
    Feb 18, 2016 at 13:44
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    There is edit possibilities specifically for that reason. AN edited question gives a downvoter the option to change his vote again.
    – Arperum
    Feb 18, 2016 at 13:59
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    @Arperum Doing this more than once will trigger an automatic question ban, afaik.
    – fredley
    Feb 18, 2016 at 14:30
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    I don't think it's 'encouraged' per se, the badge is more of a consolation prize then a reward for doing good: in an ideal situation you would edit the question and have it reopened/undownvoted/upvoted, instead of deleting. It's also worth mentioning that having a lot of deleted questions/answers can lead to a question/answer ban, so it's something you want to avoid doing if possible.
    – Robotnik Mod
    Feb 19, 2016 at 0:35

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