I have seen a few questions which ask when the next version of a some software will be released. Should a question about a software release date be closed when the software is released?


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    Why ask such questions in the first place? When would an answer be acceptable? – innaM Aug 25 '09 at 9:41
  • I don't mind people asking such question prior to the release and it may bring more people to the sites. Choosing when to accept an answer is for the asker to decide. – stukelly Aug 25 '09 at 16:51

I will even go as far as deleting it. Closed questions still are in the system, but this kind of questions clearly has a expiry date. Obviously for a short period it could teach others that it already had been released, but after a certain time, there is no value in them any longer.

So I would flag them for moderator attention with "delete as no longer relevant".

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    I agree, these sorts of questions are like milk -- after the expiration date, they've "gone bad" and should be deleted. – Jeff Atwood Aug 25 '09 at 9:39
  • Your right. I think they should be closed after they expire and then deleted after a few weeks. – stukelly Aug 27 '09 at 12:41

Yes, I think Close as "no longer relevant" seems the right option here.


As a person responsible for asking question about Delphi 2010 I voted today for closing, using “no longer relevant". This question was both about release date of Delphi 2010 and about 64bit compiler for Delphi. The part about Delphi 2010 is no longer relevant, but part about 64bit is still important. So I think this question should be closed (unfortunately I cannot close it by myself), but I think I would not delete it, since info about 64 bit compiling is still relevant.

  • As I told you in a comment to the question: it is still very valid,as the 64bit part has not been delivered with Delphi 2010. Edit the title, stressing the 64bit part. And add a sentence to the question that it originally asked about the release date of 2010 to explain some of the answers. – malach Aug 25 '09 at 9:45
  • @Ralph Rickenbach - You are right. I edited it slightly. – smok1 Aug 25 '09 at 9:58
  • @smok1 - You could ask another question about when 64 bit support will be available for Delphi. – stukelly Aug 25 '09 at 16:52
  • @stukelly - I will ask such question probably in a near future. – smok1 Aug 25 '09 at 17:23

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