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One of the most popular questions on Stack Overflow, What's your best programming joke? has recently been deleted. Why was this done, rather than migrated to programmers.SE? Does this not fall into the broad purview of Programmery questions, or is it really off topic?

I'm somewhat neutral on this myself, as I usually oppose "fun" questions that are there simply for fun's sake, but this is a rather old SO question and historically other similar questions from SO's infancy have been tolerated with grandfather status. Can anyone make a strong argument for or against?

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Short answer: They didn't want it either. –  mmyers Jan 26 '11 at 20:57
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Same issue of here and here. It may be wiser to advance at one of those two. But @mmyers (Yay! Your name is back!) has the short of it. –  Grace Note Jan 26 '11 at 20:58
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@mmy, you should got with "Michael 'mmyers' Myers" - People with names like that rule! –  jjnguy Jan 26 '11 at 21:03
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No they ​don't. –  mmyers Jan 26 '11 at 21:04
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Poor Reddit is gonna have another broken link. =( –  gnostradamus Jan 26 '11 at 21:22
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I was going to reopen and migrate it, but Programmers already has a What's your favorite programming joke? of their own that they closed. –  Bill the Lizard Jan 26 '11 at 21:34
    
@Bill: We discussed many of these questions in chat with ChrisF and the other Programming mods. That's why they didn't get migrated. –  mmyers Jan 26 '11 at 21:43
    
@Bill: perhaps it might be appropriate to reopen, migrate, then merge with Programmers' existing question. –  Ether Jan 27 '11 at 20:12
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@Ether: I'd be okay with that if the Programmers community/mods want those answers. –  Bill the Lizard Jan 27 '11 at 21:22
    
@mmyers: booooo. –  Ether Jan 28 '11 at 21:36
    
If you guys have the content from the old thread I suggest moving it over to quora. I am /sad that this was removed. quora.com/What-is-the-most-popular-computer-programming-joke I am surprised there isn't a jokes.stackoverflow yet. That would be a good place to migrate these non-sequitur humor threads to. –  LLBBL Oct 13 '11 at 3:50
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Senile grandparents who constantly soil themselves need to be put out of their misery sooner or later.

Sure, they're a member of the family and fought damn well hard to earn their place once upon a time.

But that time is long gone now and it's a different world today. A cleaner, more just world. A world where the corpses and homeless are swept up out of the gutters and put neatly into the incinerator.

Leaving them around to potter, no matter how many times they are excused for their age, encourages the new kids to ape their now undesirable behaviour.

If you don't take them out the back and do them in, they'll come and murder you in your sleep.

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I'm not sure I agree with the imagery used here, but I can't help but upvote this for genius. –  Pëkka Jan 26 '11 at 21:21
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.​​​​​​​​​​​.​. –  mmyers Jan 26 '11 at 21:22
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commences retelling of seemingly familiar folk tale In a far away village, long ago, the tradition was that when the elderly were unable to tend to their own needs, they would be carried to the top of the mountain, where their spirits would enter the sky. A young man chose to disobey the village leaders, and even the pleas of his own grandparents who requested that he perform this service for them. Instead, he hid them, sneaking food to them, and tending to them. At each daily visit, they would sit and tell him of the things they learned in their long lives, and he would share local news... –  Adam Davis Jan 26 '11 at 21:22
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Granny is out on the ice floe wondering why you don't like her cookies anymore. –  Ether Jan 27 '11 at 20:12
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@Pekka How many trolling accounts with high rep do you have?? –  muntoo Apr 11 '11 at 23:05
    
@muntoo lots and lots! But they all mysteriously always have the same rep. ;) –  Pëkka Apr 11 '11 at 23:58
    
@Pekka Oh, lol, I get it. You just use different user names across different sites! [ROFL] –  muntoo Apr 12 '11 at 0:15
    
But grandparents soiling themselves are funny ! –  Tom Oct 13 '11 at 12:46
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a lot of VERY bad imagery here. you sound like a nazi or something. gives me shivers. –  Łukasz Gruner Feb 1 '12 at 22:52
    
I now have incentive to get to 125 rep on Meta - just so I can downvote this answer ;) –  kape123 Apr 23 '13 at 21:20
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In order to encourage people to participate more, they've limited access to a number of very popular questions, such as the joke and cartoon questions, to 10k+ rep users.

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But for those really interested in them, they are available in pre-November 2010 data dumps. –  Adam Davis Jan 26 '11 at 21:02
    
And if you are a 10k user, you can see these threads at stackoverflow.com/questions/234075/… stackoverflow.com/questions/84556/… –  Adam Davis Jan 26 '11 at 21:03
    
Programming tshirt is likely to get the same treatment eventually as well: stackoverflow.com/questions/192793/… –  Adam Davis Jan 26 '11 at 21:05
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Rather than take the effort of building a list alone, you'll probably be interested in supporting this movement. Naming some pre-emptitive candidates probably wouldn't hurt there, either. –  Grace Note Jan 26 '11 at 21:07
    
Funny loading statements and programming quotes might get similar treatment. –  Adam Davis Jan 26 '11 at 21:08
    
@Grace - Hey, even better... –  Adam Davis Jan 26 '11 at 21:09
    
@Grace actually is not a movement, just an aseptic list of deleted questions. –  systempuntoout Jan 27 '11 at 23:57
    
Is this for real? If you have 10k+ rep you can see those questions?! –  Dream Lane Jun 4 '11 at 16:09
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@Dream Indeed we can. We can't search for them, but the more popular ones are kept track of in places such as this: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/61221/… and you can even read the infamous question number 1 on stack overflow. So, something for you to work towards, right? –  Adam Davis Jun 5 '11 at 0:43
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