I had asked a question some time ago and noticed that it has been closed. I was rather (VERY) surprised that it had been closed as it seems pretty darn legit. A programmer asking other programmers a question related to programming with a new framework...
Is this question highly subjective? You bet. Could a spammer or someone looking to make money on this type of thing ask this question? You bet. Could these types of questions theoretically impact the positive experience of Stack Overflow users? Maybe...
I know I'm way late to this game and there are probably 1002 threads here on meta about this topic already. But, what the heck is going on here? Seriously?
Stack Exchange is a business that charges us absolutely nothing to come and use their Q&A platform. They make their money through advertisements and sponsorships, not through us. This particular question received 8 upvotes and 0 downvotes since it was asked in June of 2009. The question has also been viewed over 6300 times since then with the vast majority likely coming from search engines.
I thought the purpose of the Q&A platform being a Wiki format was to allow living questions that have answers that change over time. I actually pulled this question up to start tweaking it now that MVC3 is out and 4 is well along the way.
Can someone please explain why questions like this that are obviously NOT SPAM yet are very helpful have been getting closed?
5 answers to this question, the most helpful are voted down like no other. This is simply disgusting. While I did answer that question with the use of the Telerik controls, things have changed. More controls exist today. The question should be edited, new answers given. This question is very helpful to anyone looking to use grids in MVC. Just because some users on StackOverflow seem to have an issue with this, the entire community gets punished. I'm completely disgusted. It feels to me that Spolsky and others have given the keys to the prisoners.