A look at the 651 questions tagged polls shows many which would be better off at prog.se or deleted.

My point is whether Would it be better if a mod look at this list and do them all at one go or should we individually flag or vote to close/delete them?

Some random examples which are not related to coding per se







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    Maybe just close them, rather than ask for migration: meta.stackexchange.com/q/106727/38765 Sep 21, 2011 at 8:25
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    No. Poll questions are off topic on Programmers just as they are off topic on Stack Overflow.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:25
  • I've voted to close some of the examples listed. Sep 21, 2011 at 10:10

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To the suggestion that migration is an option (especially to Programmers.SE and not instead to some dark nexus of evil questions), I have only one thing to say:


Poll and "fun" questions aren't on-topic anywhere on the network, so please get it out of your mind that they can be migrated somewhere successfully. And Programmers.SE is not Stack Overflow's toilet bowl.

If you don't want them on Stack Overflow, they should be closed, locked, and/or deleted. I can't imagine flagging every single question in the list is a productive use of already over-worked moderators' time, and deleting 600+ questions at once just because they have a specific tag on them seems incredibly risky.

So I'm of the mind that they should just be deleted or locked as people run into them organically. Many of them are months or years old: they aren't harming anyone by just staying put for a little while longer while they get evaluated individually.

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    They shouldn't be deleted, they just need to be closed and locked, and the "This is from early in the history of SO and isn't considered on-topic any more" disclaimer added.
    – agf
    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:29
  • My question was mainly about "bulk deletion v individual flagging". I've updated my question to clarify.
    – JoseK
    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:30
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    @JoseK Under no circumstances is Programmers.SE an option for crappy poll questions. Your two choices are lock or delete.
    – user149432
    Sep 21, 2011 at 8:33
  • I'd downvote if it weren't for the image. Burninate the questions ASAP! Sep 21, 2011 at 10:10

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