There was a funny question ("How to launch a missile?"), highly upvoded by the community, that was closed and almost reopened before I went to bed. I woke up today to the fact that it was wiped off the face of the planet. It still shows up in Google Cache, but now Stack Overflow won't show it to me. Did the moderators decide to leave their sense of humor at home today and nuke it?

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    Did you sleep the entire day? That question was posted in the morning and deleted before noon!? If only I lived in another time zone I could sleep all day as well... Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 21:48
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    I think i'm in a different time zone than you :)
    – RCIX
    Commented Apr 27, 2010 at 3:21

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Yes, it was deleted by one of the mods (I'll let him speak up if he wants), and I congratulate him for it.

Frankly I find very few of these so-called "humor" questions funny at all. The fact that 82 people voted it up only proves that 82 Stack Overflow users would laugh at Bob Saget. Even if they are genuinely funny, they add no value to Stack Overflow as a Q&A site, so please don't complain when they get closed/deleted.

(Go ahead and downvote me for being a bitter old crank; I don't care, I'm leaving this post where it is.)

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    +1 from another bitter old crank. I like some of the humor, but this was just preposterous.
    – John Rudy
    Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 21:52
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    +1 for being a bitter old crank. Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 21:52
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    Which Bob Saget? Full House/AFHV Bob, or so-offensive-I-won't-even-link-to-it-stand-up-comedy Bob? Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 22:10
  • Neither Bob is all that funny, but at least he tries hard to be diverse.
    – Ether
    Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 22:59
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    Looks like people had fun with it while it lasted. That makes me happy. But not as happy as seeing that it's gone... Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 23:29
  • @Bill: Good point, I meant AFHV Bob.
    – Aarobot
    Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 23:30
  • -1 for being a bitter old crank, but then +1 for being funny so it evens out :)
    – RCIX
    Commented Apr 27, 2010 at 3:20
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    Who doesn't laugh at Bob Saget?!? Oh, wait, did you mean laugh at his jokes, or him?
    – Pollyanna
    Commented Jun 15, 2010 at 4:28

I'm not a 10K user (so I can't see the original/deleted), and I can't find it in Google's cache. (Though I do see it on search results.) The little text I have from Google reads:

I am working on an open-source missile launcher application. ... The people who closed this question should go back and read the SO FAQ: "bring your sense of ...

I'm going to guess that it was originally closed as "off topic." It may have also garnered offensive/spam votes.

The reality is that while a sense of humor is a good idea, it takes a lot to get something like that by the community. I'd have voted to shut it down in a heartbeat. It's obviously nothing but a noisy joke, and thus doesn't even provide much in the way of entertainment value to the community.

And before you mention other classic jokes on SO:

  1. They are few and far between
  2. Most are very old
  3. The closest I can come to an example this "out there" is Boat Programming -- and that, too, was obliterated with extreme prejudice.
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    And boat programming was actually funny because it satirized the other off-topic questions. It helped people to see that they had to draw the line somewhere - a line which I think seems to be getting gradually forgotten...
    – Aarobot
    Commented Apr 26, 2010 at 22:01
  • @Aarobot: I didn't say boat programming wasn't funny (I thought it was a riot), just that it was exterminated with extreme prejudice. :)
    – John Rudy
    Commented Apr 27, 2010 at 2:41
  • I didn't say that you said it wasn't funny; it was meant as a comparison to the question in question.
    – Aarobot
    Commented Apr 27, 2010 at 13:24

This question:


is only available to 10k+ users, because it was deleted by Marc Gravell, a moderator.

It was deleted because it wasn't really programming related, and while humorous, really wasn't an acceptable question for Stack Overflow. While funny questions are alright sometimes, the community generally discourages them.

He posted the following comment before deleting it:

Humour is one thing, but this simply isn't a sensible question. – Marc Gravell♦

If enough people want the question back, it can be undeleted by three users with over 10k reputation.


You should of asked this question at the beginning of the month. Joke questions are tolerated one day out of the year.

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    Why so much hate? I was suggesting April Fool's day. Commented Apr 27, 2010 at 5:13
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    Thanks to people who think AF is a good day for joke questions, SO is less usable on AF than during the rest of the year.
    – Brian
    Commented May 3, 2010 at 17:05

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