There are a few old questions (often very popular) which are now deemed to be off-topic by community consensus. For example, questions "What are the hidden features of X?", "What are the strangest corner cases of X", and so on.
SO novices come across these questions, and think they can ask them themselves, replacing "X" with "Y". And their questions get closed as off-topic within 5 minutes, leading to complaints of the form "if he can do it, why can't I?".
How can we deal with this? (I think it is a bit of a problem ... but feel free to disagree.)
- Simply try to make the questions go away vote to close / vote to delete?
- Have a conversation with the "programmers" moderators and (if they agree) migrate the posts there?
- Do one or the other of the above en-mass, or on a case-by-case basis?
- Ignore it. No problem here, move along?