So I reviewed one of my team's code and spotted some Pokemon Exception Handling, so put that in my comments. The team were perplexed as to what this was. I invited them to explore SO to find the popular "what programming jargon did you coin?"... But it is no more.

So I fully understand the position on keeping SO on-topic, so moving the article aside thereby preventing the 'LOL-fest' of other sites... But where did it go?

Web Search turns up http://www.dodgycoder.net/2011/11/yoda-conditions-pokemon-exception.html but this is incomplete.

Surely community-contributed content should be retained, even if clearly marked 'archived'..?

  • If you're specifically interested in that question, see: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/122164/…, particularly Ben Lee's link to "stackprinter".
    – jscs
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:26
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    They go to unicorn heaven
    – Oded
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:36
  • @Oded Now I'm curious what unicorn hell must be like, and what kinds of threads go there.
    – Servy
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:44
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    @Servy Unicorn hell is just unicorn heaven without the unicorns.
    – Yawus
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:57

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Depends on the post. In some cases, the powers that be do exactly what you're suggesting, except that they call it "locking for historical significance," not "archiving." See the FAQ entry for more info.

In the rest of the cases, they're just treated like regular deleted posts: visible only to users with 10k+ rep and not searchable to users with any amount of rep.

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    According to Google, there are about 8890 such questions.
    – Pops
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:41
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    I would think many of those search results are questions like this one asking about questions with historical significant, rather questions that actually are historically significant.
    – Servy
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:43
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    308, actually, since you're counting /questions/tagged and chat. But SO itself only reports 188, so that's probably an even more accurate number.
    – waiwai933
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:45
  • There's an inurl feature? That's handy. I did think 8890 seemed like a lot. Thanks for the update, @waiwai933!
    – Pops
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:49
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    @Servy that's why I excluded MSO from the search results. Irrelevant in the face of waiwai's comment, though.
    – Pops
    Jul 18, 2012 at 20:50

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