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Some closed Area 51 feature requests are still visible but many are hidden. Why not show all closed requests so that, when someone tries to start a similar one, we can simply say, "this one probably won't work because this one also failed" - to avoid having the same discussions over and over again.

Related question: why are some visible and some hidden anyway?

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    Probably worth noting here that topics aren't necessarily relevant to outcome: some users are better than others at not getting their proposals deleted... – Shog9 Aug 22 '10 at 15:24
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Close proposals are shown. The proposals you cited were deleted, not closed... by the original author.

  • The FAQ indicates SE will also delete inactive proposals: "Inactive proposals that do not receive any activity for one month are subject to deletion." The deleted proposal message adds: "Occasionally, proposals may be removed from Area 51 for reasons of moderation: spam, off topic, abuse, etc." Presumably the former is a change of policy since this answer was posted. – Paul A. Clayton May 7 '14 at 15:50

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