Long ago, code-golf was ruled on-topic on Stack Overflow subject to certain limits. Then we entered the Stack Exchange 2.0 era, and CodeGolf.SE was born to provide a home for these and related coding games, after which new code-golf questions were apparently never "officially" ruled as off-topic off-topic on Stack Overflow but have been regularly closed or migrated.
Today I noticed one of the old Stack Overflow [code-golf] questions nominated for deletion. Now, clearly these question should be off-topic on Stack Overflow at this point, but the question was initially well received.
Which brings me to ask "What should be the fate of the old questions?"
- Historical lock? They were popular back in the day (this on has 81 votes and several have more than 100 with high scoring answer near or above 100 votes as well), and they have a part in the site's history, but...there are a lot of them. Are we locking whole classes of questions?
- Migration? I'm a pro-tem moderator over on CodeGolf, and I can tell that (1) we've still not out of beta after rather more than a year, and may never make it; (2) the high vote counts on these questions are totally out of scale for the site; and (3) migration would create some very near duplicates.
- Deletion? I'd be sad to see this as there are some good answers in there.
I suppose a fourth option would be
- Migration and historical locking (do we even do this on newish sites?) which I could get behind if the site was going to go live.