What's your favorite “abandoned rule”? has been closed then deleted and undeleted.

Can it be given a historical lock as well?

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    Quick - vote for the best answers!!! Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 19:24
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    See also What popular “best practices” are not always best, and why?
    – user102937
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 19:41
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    Begrudgingly. The question, and it's answers, are pretty marginal. It mostly serves as a shining example of how not to ask and answer questions. The post I linked on Programmers.SE is better in this regard.
    – user102937
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 19:47
  • Let's wait awhile and see if anyone has any better arguments for saving it.
    – user102937
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 19:51
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    @RobertHarvery I don't know about that one. Some jackass got a Great Answer badge just for quoting Raymond Chen Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 19:55
  • -10 for this?! Does locking this question just really piss people off?! Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 20:17
  • @AdamRackis wow, when did that happen. How did that happen? LOL
    – Naftali
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 20:18
  • Locking just because you can lock doesn't make it a valid reason to do so
    – random
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 20:26
  • @random never said it was, but it was a good question at some point.
    – Naftali
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 20:27
  • @random - I don't think anyone has ever said questions should be locked because questions are capable of being locked. That would be silly. Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 20:31
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    When in the time it was posted was that question good?
    – random
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 20:34
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    -1 I'm usually against deletion, but this questions really not useful, save maybe to convince stubborn people that multiple exit points are okay.
    – Ry-
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 21:12

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None of those answers are useful or contribute anything worthwhile to the programming community.

People do a perfectly fine job of figuring out on their own which rules to violate, and there are few if any of the existing answers that provide any sort of justification for their encouraged violation of stated rule.

This definitely falls in the "bad question" category, a good example of why we don't allow these types of questions to exist anymore. I'm a fan of only keeping around those rare exceptions, the questions that defied all expectations and attracted good, useful answers despite being in poor form. This ain't one.

Besides, the purpose of the historical lock is to preserve specific questions of historical interest. If we start applying it indiscriminately to all old questions, it begins to lose its merit. Sometimes we really do need to just let the bad questions die.


Bleh. Delete it again. Those answers are one-liners; there's hardly any useful expansion or justification for any of the "abandoned rules" given.

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    are you... feeling ok?
    – juan
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 19:33
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    @Juan: I thought it would be helpful to the discussion to have opposing answers that votes could actually be cast up and down on, rather than a long comment thread (with only upvotes) under the question. Just an idea, but I think I've seen this done before.
    – jscs
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 19:35
  • definitely been done before. Usually with CW to avoid accusations of rep whordom. Which you did. Well done, sir Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 20:45
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    @Adam: I was thinking about it more as a kevlar vest than a blind trust, but I'm glad that it seems to have worked.
    – jscs
    Commented Mar 21, 2012 at 20:48

Yes, there's some guidance in there that could be useful to new programmers who need to question "established wisdom", but the post doesn't need to continue being open.

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