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Set up an archive for legendary deleted questions

With Stack Overflow's evolving standards, awesome, but ultimately useless questions like favorite programming t-shirt, or joke, have been deleted. Lately though, these standards are starting to reach awesome, and also kinda useful questions.

I understand why these questions don't belong on Stack Overflow and I won't argue otherwise. My suggestion is, can we create some sort of "place" for these questions? I know there's already the StackPrinter, but that's more or less hidden, and, frankly a bit ugly.

Can we move the t-shirt, joke, strangest language questions, etc, to, say, Legacy.StackOVerflow.com? They could be displayed in some sort of read-only format, possibly hiding the voting buttons, possibly with slightly different styling—basically display them in such a way as to leave no doubt that visitors are no longer on Stack Overflow.

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  • Surely the linked question would have been a perfectly reasonable fit for programming.stackexchange.com? As opposed to just deleting people's work? sigh – T.J. Crowder Jan 20 '12 at 15:48
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    @T.J.Crowder I read the question and thought to myself "there was a time when people would've foolishly suggested Programmers for this". Then I read your comment – Michael Mrozek Jan 20 '12 at 15:51
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    @Michael - I think that's a bit harsh. People that don't spend a lot of time on PSE (like me) might reasonably think that question could go there. – Adam Rackis Jan 20 '12 at 15:52
  • I've been meaning to set something up for this, but I'm swamped with work. I'll see that I get to it some time this spring. – Pekka Jan 20 '12 at 15:53
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    @AdamRackis I'm never on PSE, but you're both fairly active on meta, so I would think you've both seen the wars between SO users and PSE mods. E.g. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/73382/…. PSE got a rep early on for "this is where popular SO questions that SO doesn't want anymore should go", and they can't seem to get rid of it – Michael Mrozek Jan 20 '12 at 15:53
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    @T.J.Crowder Sigh. Also this. – user149432 Jan 20 '12 at 15:55
  • @Pekka - you've been meaning to set up a subdomain to StackOverflow for these popular deleted questions? Wouldn't you need Jeff's thumbs up to do that? Or did you mean something else? – Adam Rackis Jan 20 '12 at 15:56
  • @Adam I mean setting up an inofficial archive of deleted questions - maybe at a nice address like overflown.org or something. Using an actual 10k+ account, I would dump the HTML of each question (instead of fetching the mere text from the data dump) to have a historical record of what SO "looked like back then" as well – Pekka Jan 20 '12 at 15:58
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    @Pekka - that's a good workaround, but I don't see why Jeff can't do this for his community. Such a simple problem with a simple fix, ignored by all too typical stubbornness. – Adam Rackis Jan 20 '12 at 16:00
  • @Adam You know I'm often pissed off about how some things are done around here, but I can kinda see why SO won't support an off-topic archive officially - it doesn't really fit in with the sites' mission of focusing on on-topic, quality content and mercilessly removing everything else (which is a good mission IMO). It feels appropriate to have the community run a place where rejected but good SO content is kept on a more inofficial basis. If no one else beats me to it, I will take care of this. – Pekka Jan 20 '12 at 16:10
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    @MichaelMrozek: Actually, I haven't seen those. But that's okay, I don't buy into the idea that subjective / poll questions can't be handled by tags, so I'm already at odds with SO's management. No change there. :-) – T.J. Crowder Jan 20 '12 at 16:22
  • For completeness' sake - I did some thinking on this. I won't be able to do this anytime soon. I think SE should do it after all, here's a suggestion: Building an archive of deleted questions – Pekka Feb 13 '12 at 21:12
  • @Pekka - well said. I can only hope that gets implemented. – Adam Rackis Feb 13 '12 at 21:16