Why do some questions which have been closed as not constructive appear on the FAQ tab?

For example, when I choose the tag and then choose the 'FAQ' tab, I see this closed question appear within the list.


  • ..and for [android] and [pdf] it's even second place.
    – Adinia
    Nov 19, 2012 at 15:48
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    Ahh, this makes sense. Yeah, good question
    – Pekka
    Nov 19, 2012 at 15:50
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    If you hover over the "faq" tab with your mouse it states "questions with the most links". I would assume this is the simple criterion by which this is judged and closed questions are not explicitly excluded. (Though I don't know anything about the actual implementation of this). And that said, closed questions are not necessarily void of information. They might well hold interesting material.
    – Bart
    Nov 19, 2012 at 15:54
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    I'm only speculating, but I think they're allowed to appear there so they don't get asked again (and again and again). Nov 19, 2012 at 15:55

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Many closed  as not constructive questions are closed   just because it isn't the domain of SO as Q&A site.

this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion

However they may be useful for many users, and can be asked by many users, i.e. FAQ. As it was noted in a  A_funs comment

Why do all the threads labeled "not constructive" have the most up votes?


IMO it's a good thing, that high-voted questions appears in a FAQ even if they are closed as "non-constructive". Frankly speaking, when I am searching for an answer for my question, I don't care is it in domain of SO or not, I just want to find a reference to the info that many people already considered useful.

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