Yesterday, I was browsing some awesome sites that resemble http://meta.stackoverflow.com, you know the likes of 4chan, Reddit and Craigslist. I was mysteriously guided to a place called "best of xxx"(substitute xxx with the site name). Then a really great idea hit me: why don't we have a section called "Best of Stack Overflow" in which we can move all those entertaining questions some people worked so hard for instead of binning them permanently? Surely the effort of making those questions fun to read deserve some recognition?
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This has come up in the past, on several sites. The idea of some kind of archive is appealing to those that want to preserve the culture surrounding the content, and not just the content itself.
The root of most concerns about it comes from the concern that it would end up detracting from the value of the main site, and it's hard to just dismiss those concerns as invalid. From broken windows to reverse broken windows to dogs and cats living together, and the issue of curating and maintaining it. To be clear, I'm not against the idea, but I can't really find enough benefit in it to find the requisite amount of motivation needed to actually sit down, design and build such a thing.
If such a thing is going to come into existence, someone else is going to need to build it in a way that makes people love it enough to really care. The idea of community choice awards encompassing a mix of not only fun stuff, but also the truly amazing stuff that is still considered on-topic is a very interesting idea.
However, I think we've come to a point where we've gone full circle several times with the idea, and nobody was really able to come up with a compelling idea for implementation that sufficiently addressed the concerns many had about it.
If this is something you really want to have, then my best advice is go for it using everything we make available. This keeps coming up, but ... something much more solid than a general idea would need to emerge for real traction to be gained.