I was going through the hot question list and found this question

Why can't my program compile under Windows 7 in French?

This question is locked and it is in the hot question list. Is that right ? If it is locked then it shouldn't be part of hot questions or it should be unlocked.

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    I would disagree with this in general (e.g. locked due to offtopic comments") but as this is a historical lock you may have a point Apr 2, 2014 at 20:05
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    Historical locks for questions asked yesterday probably weren't something the developers considered for even a second.
    – Wooble
    Apr 2, 2014 at 20:12
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    The alternative is deletion. Pick one.
    – user102937
    Apr 2, 2014 at 20:16
  • @RobertHarvey, I am not sure if it should be deleted or locked, but in both cases should it be part of Hot questions ? Apr 2, 2014 at 20:17
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    I think a historical lock for an april fools post is entirely appropriate. It's not relevant anymore today, but it is worth preserving. Apr 2, 2014 at 20:18
  • I think the lock fits perfectly: "This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here."
    – user206222
    Apr 2, 2014 at 21:24
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit Apologies, my intention was not to gang up on you. Apr 3, 2014 at 1:27
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    @LightnessRacesinOrbit ... I see no personal attacks. All I see is "possibly off-topic." You, as a 100k+ user, take closing personally?
    – hichris123
    Apr 3, 2014 at 2:19
  • @hichris123: Not a closing, no. This question (which is about doing a lot more than closing a question) and certain comments on the answers (which now seem to have been removed), yes. Apr 3, 2014 at 9:08

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I unlocked it, closed it, and locked it again. That should take it out of the hot list.

  • Isn't closing the question enough? I'm quite sure closed question won't appear in the hot questions list. Apr 2, 2014 at 20:37
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    @ShadowWizard closing the question will remove it from the hot questions list. However, this particular question had a significant number of close/reopen cycles which the lock solves. The issue was that an open, but locked question wasn't removed from the hot questions (which probably should get listed as a bug/oversight).
    – user213963
    Apr 2, 2014 at 20:38
  • @ShadowWizard At Stack Overflow we, and by "we" I mean the moderators, hate fun. Locking it is necessary to prevent the teeming masses of unwashed users from reopening it.
    – Pollyanna
    Apr 2, 2014 at 20:39
  • @MichaelT oh, guess you're right. Feel free to start such feature request, I don't think it's a bug. Apr 2, 2014 at 20:39
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    @Pollyanna do you have invisible diamond I missed? ;) Anyway I got the point, took me a while to understand it was all a joke. Apr 2, 2014 at 20:40
  • @ShadowWizard No, I'm just wishing the moderators were more lenient for fun. I have absolutely no interest in becoming one, though, so I can't give them too much trouble.
    – Pollyanna
    Apr 2, 2014 at 20:43
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    I don't really think it's a bug, either. The question was hot, recently. I don't think most of the stuff that shows up in the list is necessarily representative of good questions for the sites they're on, but the list isn't labelled "great, on-topic, well-written network questions".
    – Wooble
    Apr 2, 2014 at 20:50
  • consider doing the same to stackoverflow.com/questions/22789277/… (same thing, locked open and in the hot list, quite confusing for lemmings I guess)
    – gnat
    Apr 3, 2014 at 6:46

I find this prejudicial. This was a real problem that I faced. Who are you to assume/assert that it is anything but that? :( As far as I can tell, it fits all of the criteria for an on-topic programming question.

If you think a problem is too "basic" or "obvious" then that's your right, but jumping to the conclusion that the question must only be for "fun" and proposing punitive measures against it, just because you already happen to know the answer is, in my view, totally in contrast to the purpose of this site.


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