I created a question on Stack Overflow about the best C++ pre-processor Macros to go with the other pre-existing question about the worst ones. I made the mistake of including some nifty examples in the question which--even if they weren't controversial--wasn't a good idea anyway. They should have been in an answer and probably a little time after the question was asked. The question was closed before anyone could give an answer. Most comments on the question were on the macro examples I had given but there were a few supportive ones of the idea of the thread (if not of the usefulness of my examples).

I can't find the thread anymore. Was it deleted? If so may I retry?

put on hold as off-topic by ale, Robert Longson, Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog, Glorfindel, rene Nov 8 at 21:29

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  • Even though my answer says you can't do this, +1 for coming here to ask instead of just spamming the main site inconsiderately. – Pops Mar 16 '11 at 15:59
  • Do you have another account? I can't find it on the one that's linked to this Meta account. – mmyers Mar 16 '11 at 17:52
  • Only one account, a Google account, alan2here@gmail.com associated with various stack sites. – alan2here Mar 20 '11 at 22:59
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The "pre-existing questions" exist for historical reasons; new subjective questions are no longer allowed.

  • Thanks, a good answer. If it does still exist in a closed form then I would prefer it to be deleted entirly. I will not retry. – alan2here Mar 16 '11 at 16:08

There's little point, it is very likely that it will just get closed again. This time probably with a flurry of downvotes from ticked-off users. Review the FAQ for the kind of questions you should not ask. Yours seems to match the first three bullets:

  • every answer is equally valid: “What’s your favorite ______?”
  • your answer is provided along with the question, and you expect more answers: “I use ______ for ______, what do you use?”
  • there is no actual problem to be solved: “I’m curious if other people feel like I do.”

I don't know if it was deleted, since I'm not a 10k user, but I humbly submit that you may not retry. "List of X" questions like "what's the worst C++ preprocessor" were wildly popular when SO started. Then they landed in sort of a gray area during 2010 with half the community loving them and half hating them. Today the policy is pretty solidly "questions like this are off-topic, but we're not going to actively hunt down and delete old ones."

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