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According to 2020: a year in closing

In 2020 the number of questions posted on Windows Phone was 30, seven of which were asked and closed. The total number of questions closed that year was eight.

The statistics for the site are not great. Fewer than 3,500 questions have been asked in 9.6 years. That's crazy. How has it survived so long?

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I didn't know what the Twitter link referred to, so I clicked, and saw the Stack Exchange site has its own Twitter account with just nine followers.

This is even more remarkable considering that Windows has stopped producing their phones since 2017

Microsoft began to prioritize software development and integrations with Android and iOS instead, and ceased active development of Windows 10 Mobile in 2017. (Wikipedia)

Hey, maybe it has a group of hardcore users that hang out in chat? Let's take a peek…

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Erm, I guess not.

The site manages to recruit new users though…

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It looks like a small ads (classified ads) page from yonder day :)

How badly does a Stack Exchange site have to do before it is laid permanently to rest?

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  • @Glorfindel ah! I did look before posting. Did not see that one. But my question is more focused on the individual site.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 13 at 12:47
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    I have been loudly debating suggesting rescoping it as a more general site - Kaios is essentially the 'third' phone OS at this point and there's a few other niche OSes and phones that might have a potential community...
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Oct 13 at 12:58
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    This would be a great use case of being able to see when someone was last logged into the site. Then we could see if the elected mods are still around, and how many curators are still floating about.
    – Makoto
    Oct 13 at 14:43
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    While it's okay to ask about how bad things need to get before a site is deleted, this site is not the place to argue for or against closing/deleting a specific site. If anyone really feels the urge to do so, take it up on Windows Phone SE meta or file a "Contact Us" form. I've cleaned up the comments arguing about that.
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Oct 13 at 14:52
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    @Tinkeringbell: I guess this presents itself with a paradox. If a site doesn't seem to be active, yet we're encouraging discussion about this happen on their Meta site (which - as of right now, I can see about four years' worth of posts without having to scroll my mouse wheel), then are we really able to facilitate discussion? Wouldn't MSE be a better place to bring an issue with a site like this to light so that it actually has a chance of being discussed versus just being ignored?
    – Makoto
    Oct 13 at 15:11
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    @Makoto If no one ever posts on meta, there are going to be no meta posts. But no, I don't think the people here on Meta.SE should at any point in time be given the 'power' to discuss closing down other sites. If you see a site that's overrun with spam, that's overrun with bad posts, if your flags are languishing for weeks, feel free to raise it on the local meta or escalate it using 'Contact Us'... our opinions here don't matter after all, it's either the site's community or the staff that has to make a decision.
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Oct 13 at 15:15
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    @Tinkeringbell: Yeah, it's likely out of our hands, but I think that some reverence should be given to ghost town communities. If the community that makes the decision doesn't exist, then suggesting that the community should make the decision is a whole misnomer unto itself.
    – Makoto
    Oct 13 at 15:17
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    @Makoto okay, I edited the first comment to include the bit I mentioned in a second, about using Contact Us. But I still stand by my point that Meta SE and its regulars have no business discussing closing/deleting a specific site.
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Oct 13 at 15:23
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    The final question you ask - how badly an SE site has to do before it's closed - is answered in Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites. Oct 13 at 18:20
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How badly does a Stack Exchange site have to do before it is laid permanently to rest?

This is answered in this post: A site needs to meet two conditions to be considered for closing. It needs to be inactive/have stopped producing helpful content, and it needs to lack the caretakers needed for flags and spam to be handled.

Windows Phone SE exists because the content on it might still be helpful to people, and given that questions still end up closed, it's probably safe to assume flags and spam are still handled. So there's no need to shut the site down and hide the content in a data dump.

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  • Is there a way of finding out how many posts were flagged as spam in the last two years? Or even how many flags were handled in the last 12 months?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 13 at 13:12
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    @Mari-LouA You'd have to ask a Windows Phone SE mod, or poke a CM. windowsphone.meta.stackexchange.com/q/394/31625 might have some numbers too?
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Oct 13 at 13:14

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