I noticed there are a lot of 'older' (2009-2010) questions getting closed (and voted for deletion). I find deletion a bit harsh since most of them contain interesting content imho. They stem from a time with a different rule set where these types of questions were allowed to thrive (in CW form, that is)...

Some examples:

Why not simply "lock" (for historical purposes) every one of these questions (when they have had 150+ upvotes, for example) instead of deleting them?

  • It's not a different ruleset, it was just users not wanting to draw the line already mentioned in the scope – random Jun 16 '12 at 21:36
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    @random: I beg to differ. In 2009 - 2010 different types of questions now routinely routed to programmers.stackexchange or others were possible in CW form on SO without getting closed. Code-Golf was even officially accepted by meta until codegolf.stackexchange.com saw the light of day. I feel we collectively became a lot stricter in our definition of what an acceptable question is here (I do realize that may have been necessary because of SO's enormous growth)... – ChristopheD Jun 16 '12 at 21:47
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    Those questions are not all that interesting. The first and third posts are [interview-questions], which almost everyone agrees don't belong on the site at all, and the second one is a hypothetical vocabulary lesson. Who cares? – user102937 Jun 16 '12 at 22:36
  • The "should be able to answer" questions are a slippery slope. This Ruby one was migrated to Programmers, and then promptly closed and deleted there. – user102937 Jun 16 '12 at 22:40
  • @RoberHarvey: I tend to agree that those 3 are not the hidden gems worth preserving. There's a case to be made for consistency too. The first interview question in my example is near deletion, the second one is locked. I imagine the same applies for historical code golf questions too (some get deleted, others get locked, others are still open)... What may be worthwile preserving for one mod might be delete material for another. Maybe it's an idea to start a meta thread to discuss questions eligible for deletion and / or locking? – ChristopheD Jun 16 '12 at 22:44
  • @Christophe - This has been asked before, several times. One thing to ask oneself is "Why are these old questions valuable, when similar new questions will be heavily downvoted and deleted?". If I was allowed to ask "What should every C++ programmer know", it might also get 150 upvotes and 42 answers in 3-4 years, but will now be deleted within 3-4 hours (or minutes :-). What's the difference? Why are old bad questions more valuable than new bad questions? – Bo Persson Jun 17 '12 at 9:13

The best place for these might be a blog as they aren't questions in the sense that Stack Exchange (now) understands.

It's a shame there isn't an SO community blog, but in the absence of that it might be worth asking over on meta.programmers to see if they'd be good posts for our blog

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