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Of the 24 closed questions on SO with more than 500 votes, 8 have historical locks on them and 16 do not.

If you look into these, you’ll find that many are quite old, but closed relatively recently. I believe that this reflects historical changes in what was considered an ok question or not. They used to be considered ok, but no longer are.

Some of these are also well on their way to deletion. Before that happens, this seems like a good place to consider whether an historical lock might not be worth applying.

I noticed this because I noticed this question:

already had 1 out of 10 delete votes on it, despite having an over-500 answer and several other highly voted answers. Plus I got to that question coming from another similar question:

That one already has 8 out of 10 delete votes. Sure, it doesn’t have an over-500 vote, but it was still enough for a Great Answer badge in its day. Should we lock it instead of giving it the 2 more votes for the coup de grace?

I’d like to make sure that we really want to delete questions like these from our system. Some of the over-500’s aren’t really worth keeping around, but some I believe are, and I would rather they didn’t slip away by accident. It’s too hard to search for them once they’re gone.

To that end, here’s the current set of closed but unlocked questions with over 500 votes each:

The two duplicates should probably be merged rather than deleted. But what about the others?

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I'd vote for keeping the two dups. Duplicates are supposed to be "signposts" pointing to a different question if you didn't search for the exact term, and seeing as these questions have over 500 upvotes, I'd say they are serving their purpose fairly well. – Doorknob Jul 15 '13 at 2:14
as far as I can tell, all the questions you listed "meet Jeff Atwood's 3rd rule" mentioned in historical-lock tag wiki by a wide margin: "Does this question teach me anything that could make me better at my job? Can I learn something from it?" In this regard, these are fairly strong candidates for lock. – gnat Jul 15 '13 at 7:15
@gnat That’s what I was thinking. This came up because I found delete votes on some I thought worth keeping. Two have 8/10 delete votes on them, and at least one has 5/10 delete votes on it. Rather than just flagging for a mod to lock them, I thought it better to come here and ask whether they were worth saving. – tchrist Jul 15 '13 at 12:28
@Doorknob I meant as opposed to deleting them. I do understand the many-paths notion, I just didn’t want to see them deleted altogether, at least not without some further discussion than a vote provides. – tchrist Jul 15 '13 at 12:29
I flagged one of the listed questions for mod attention, referring to that very post and asking to address it. Will see how it goes – gnat Jul 26 '13 at 14:05
@gnat Great, thanks. – tchrist Jul 26 '13 at 14:08
the question I flagged and get started with Node.js are now locked; the rest in the list is not (yet?) – gnat Jul 30 '13 at 11:49
I'm the author of the upvoted answer on Alternatives to gprof, that lists a lot of valid reasons why people find gprof less than satisfactory. I'm trying to attribute helpful motives to those who voted to delete. – Mike Dunlavey Nov 7 '13 at 21:24

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