Motivated by the deletion of
- Email Validation - Regular Expression
On one hand, I disagree with these closures, because:
- These questions were (and still are) very popular
- They have some good information in them (or at least the first one does) and it feels like bad sportsmanship to remove good information from the internet, particularly when it was contributed by your fellow users
Number 2 in particular bothers me. A lot.
On the other hand, I do agree that:
- The community of 10k users should be able to decide which closed questions they wish to delete on their own without me intervening
- These questions should definitely remain closed, because they either have an absurd # of answers, or are duplicates (though some duplicates need to stick around). Which means they are eligible for deletion … forever.
- These questions wouldn't survive more than 10 minutes if asked today on Stack Overflow, so in some ways they are artifacts from the past, like dinosaurs in an era of mammals.
While I normally favor code solutions here, I am not sure I like the idea that once a question gets 400 upvotes it should become extremely difficult to delete. It feels like mob rule.
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