Is there a discussion regarding questions and answers getting too old or inefficient?
Has any one else considered the risk of good, more valid, questions getting removed as duplicates, even though they could help the community more?
I asked this question on meta stack exchange, and it was flagged as a duplicate and merged with an "older" question:
IMHO, this should not have been done. Not that the old question was "inefficient, but it already had 20-odd answers. Meaning that we should have started a new thread on a widely debated topic if the new question were at all different from the old one, because it could "help the community more." That is to say, the "default option" should have been in favor of having a new, separate question, rather than merging it with the old one as a "duplicate." (Unless the duplication was almost "total.")
Ironically, one of the answers to the "old" question was that an improved new question would focus on "technical details," and less on broad strokes, which is what my "new question" did. I would cite this as the "official" reason why the new question should have been left open, with the previous paragraph being the "real" reason.