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http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8450726/how-to-uninstall-completely-remove-oracle-11g-client/8450982 was just recently deleted, after having been closed as "off-topic".

It was asked on 2011-12-09, had 13 upvotes, 3 favorites, and was viewed 69,898 times.

Per http://stackoverflow.com/help/on-topic :

... but if your question generally covers…

  • software tools commonly used by programmers

… then you’re in the right place to ask your question!

I think that the Oracle Database Client certainly falls into this category.

In full disclosure, I had the only answer posted to the question before it was closed - and it had earned 25 up-votes.

If this is considered off-topic for SO, what other site would better be considered on-topic?

Would a moderator be able to move this to the correct site, instead of having this knowledge essentially lost forever?

Now that the question has been deleted, I think the risk has just increased that new duplicate questions will be asked in its place.

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Nothing is lost forever. And given that you have a blog why not post it there in the mean time? –  Bart Jul 25 '13 at 20:17
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That question is too old to migrate to a different site. –  Esoteric Screen Name Jul 25 '13 at 20:18
    
Depending on the question, it sounds either like a SuperUser question (ie, how to do something on a computer) or a DBA question (though most likely SuperUser). –  Joe Jul 25 '13 at 20:18
    
@Bart - good point. I could, but it was already cited from another site. My concern is that it was valuable to and on SO, or at least, the SE community. I'd rather have the post here, where others could (and have) helped to improve the content, SE-style, than on more of a "static" blog. –  ziesemer Jul 25 '13 at 20:19
    
@EsotericScreenName - Maybe you can repeat this as an answer so that this question can be completed? Also, what defines "too old"? Is there a source that can be cited? –  ziesemer Jul 25 '13 at 20:21
    
@ziesemer meta.stackexchange.com/questions/151890/… –  Joe Jul 25 '13 at 20:23
    
@Joe - Thanks. Someone please post this as an answer (or I will, eventually) - so that we don't end up with meta.stackexchange.com/questions/117251/… . :-) –  ziesemer Jul 25 '13 at 20:26
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superuser.com/q/256762 –  Robert Harvey Jul 25 '13 at 20:45
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@RobertHarvey So if I ask this question on SuperUser which would be on topic there, it would be okay if the SO question got closed and deleted? –  Some Helpful Commenter Jul 25 '13 at 21:46
    
@SomeHelpfulCommenter: How did you arrive at that conclusion? –  Robert Harvey Jul 25 '13 at 21:49
    
@RobertHarvey - thanks for the find! –  ziesemer Jul 25 '13 at 21:54
    
@RobertHarvey seems to have many of the same properties as this one. Short question. A bit of a bike shed. On topic on both SO and SU. Too old to migrate. What's the difference? –  Some Helpful Commenter Jul 25 '13 at 22:01
    
I don't think pushing off our problem questions on other sites is the answer. –  Robert Harvey Jul 25 '13 at 22:03
    
@SomeHelpfulCommenter Note that the SU question is 9 months older than the copy on SO. –  Bill the Lizard Jul 25 '13 at 22:07

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Would a moderator be able to move this to the correct site, instead of having this knowledge essentially lost forever?

No. The question is older than 60 days, which makes it too old to migrate to a different site, even for diamond moderators.

Now that the question has been deleted, I think the risk has just increased that new duplicate questions will be asked in its place.

New questions which are duplicates of the deleted one will end up closed or migrated.

I don't have enough rep to view the question, but questions about installing or uninstalling software - even if it's software used to aid programming - belong on SuperUser. Unless it's operations software for use on servers in a professional setting, then it belongs on ServerFault.

If you really think a deleted question should stick around, you can vote to undelete if you have enough rep. It's not possible in this case, however, because a moderator cast a binding delete vote, and you can't vote to undelete moderator deleted questions (thanks Martin Smith for pointing this out).

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A moderator put in the final delete vote so voting to undelete is not possible. –  Martin Smith Jul 25 '13 at 20:31

It seems strange to post all of the stats about the question and not post the question itself.

How to uninstall / completely remove Oracle 11g (client)?

deinstall.bat doesn't work.

That's the entire question.

And your answer is a bulleted list copied (with full attribution) from Oracle-Base: Manual Oracle Uninstall. That page already appears in Google search results, so I don't see why we need an exact duplicate of it here as well.

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This. It's a terrible question and it should not be on SO (and hence, clogging search indexes) in any shape or form. –  Pëkka Jul 25 '13 at 20:41
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It's already on SuperUser anyway. superuser.com/q/256762 –  Robert Harvey Jul 25 '13 at 20:46
    
@Pekka웃 Is it also a terrible question on SuperUser? –  Some Helpful Commenter Jul 25 '13 at 21:40
    
@RobertHarvey sigh With a very similar level of quality... –  Bill the Lizard Jul 25 '13 at 22:04

If it's an interesting question that deserves answering, then you should post the question at SuperUser, and answer it yourself (with your previous answer if you wish). It won't have any votes, but if it's good and useful it will garner them over time.

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Already posted at SuperUser. superuser.com/q/256762 –  Robert Harvey Jul 25 '13 at 20:47

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