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Self delete or expire time sensitive questions

I have seen some good questions which were closed because they were poll/suggestions/list types of questions. (even that is debatable)

If you post a question and you think the question will be obsolete after x months, it would be beneficial if the poster can set a setting to have the question self delete after x months.

If Stackexchange sites are too concerned about having questions which will be obsolete later, this function can take care of this issue.

SO already has lots of obsolete questions that got posted by other means than poll/suggestions/list questions.

As for answeres' reps, either they keep them after the question is deleted or for the people who genuinely help others (and are not in it for the reps), the rep is deleted.

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marked as duplicate by random Jun 13 '12 at 20:12

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Care to give an example of the type of question this would be useful for? –  Some Helpful Commenter Jun 13 '12 at 19:11
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Sounds to me that it shouldn't be a question if it's going to be obsolete in a matter of months. Too localized comes to mind: "This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time..." etc. –  Bart Jun 13 '12 at 19:12
    
Why can't it be question? Does every question have to be valid forever? "This question is unlikely to help any future visitors".. Ummm. there are no future visitors because the question has been deleted! –  Tony_Henrich Jun 13 '12 at 19:20
    
Then, as @SomeHelpfulCommenter says, give an example of a valid type of question which would benefit from such a feature. –  Bart Jun 13 '12 at 19:25
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A FaultyPremiseException was thrown... Poll questions are not good questions. –  Robert Harvey Jun 13 '12 at 19:26
    
@some what are good books in...? What are good tools to...? What good process to....? What's a good way to test for ...? –  Tony_Henrich Jun 13 '12 at 19:27
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Well, those are either of the list or recommendation type, which are not a good fit to begin with. Let's please not introduce a feature which would encourage what we currently consider bad questions. –  Bart Jun 13 '12 at 19:28
    
@Harvey Suggestions questions can be good. You can't just generalize. You can state whyy you like something and give reasons. These are not multiple questions, choose one. –  Tony_Henrich Jun 13 '12 at 19:28
    
There might hypothetically be a good one someday, but I vote to close all the ones I see. –  Wooble Jun 13 '12 at 19:46

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To put it bluntly Stack Overflow without all the polls and other bikeshedding cruft is a better site than when we were still allowing all that junk. I simply don't want to see it come back.

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Not all is junk. Just stay away from what you don't like to read. Any bookstore has junk. Does this mean you don't go to bookstores –  Tony_Henrich Jun 13 '12 at 19:31
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@Tony_Henrich Some bookstores have junk, and I tend to go to the other ones. Similarly, if you're looking for poll/list questions, there are a million other sites you could ask and answer them. –  Yannis Jun 13 '12 at 20:08
    
@yannis name a good specialized, free, IT specific QA one and don't mention Quora. Every bookstore has books you don't like and this includes every major one, unless you go to ones which specialize in what you like only. –  Tony_Henrich Dec 31 '12 at 22:11

From the faq

What kind of questions should I not ask here?

You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page. [Emphasis mine]

You asking to do something that the faq expressly says you should not do, but just for a little while.

The community is simply not going to go for that. Nor should it.

There are other places on the internet that do allow for this type of thing. Feel free to ask them there.

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Time does not necessarily make a question obsolete. No one knows exactly when a particular question might not hold relevance anymore, simply because of advances in coding. I don't see how this option could help anyone.

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It does if you know what is coming in the future. It helps by keeping the site relevant and hold on old stuff and as a person who can decide, you can decide to read and/or answer. –  Tony_Henrich Jun 13 '12 at 19:24
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@Tony Stack Overflow cannot tell the future –  saluce Jun 13 '12 at 20:36

have the question self delete after x months - This is the biggest problem. Any content posted, we expect can be kept around for, well, forever. Good content will always remain useful, no matter how old it gets. You're assuming that the problem with these types of questions is that they become "obsolete" when that isn't the case. Obsolete content isn't bad. It's historical.

We don't want these questions because they're not constructive, not because they can become obsolete quickly. Stack Exchange really isn't the place for recommendations of any kind, no matter how broad or specific.

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