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Building an archive of deleted questions

Back when the first discussion about deleted questions came up, I promised to look into building an official unofficial read-only archive for good deleted SE content. I had a plan to build something ...
Pekka's user avatar
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15 votes
8 answers

How should helpful answers that are just links be handled? [duplicate]

There has been a "movement" of sorts on Stack Overflow. Users are flagging questions that are just a link or little more than a link, like: https://...
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59 votes
3 answers

Show embattled deleted questions to the public as if they were 10k+ users

There's much discussion about deleted questions. One suggestion on how to deal with them is, delete them, but collect them in a separate archive. That seems to be being pondered by the SE team, but it ...
Pekka's user avatar
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14 votes
2 answers

A new look for locked questions?

Is the SE team hard at work tweaking the UI for locked questions, or is the web proxy at my job randomly blocking stuff?
Adam Rackis's user avatar
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-1 votes
1 answer

Deleted questions should return 410 Gone instead of 404 Not Found

In cases where a question was deleted, a 404 response is not technically accurate, especially when the body of the response indicates: This question was removed from Stack Overflow for reasons of ...
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8 votes
3 answers

What is the meaning of the "broken-windows" tag?

I have noticed there are 3 questions tagged broken-windows, and the tag has been added in those questions from a single user. What does that tag would mean? Do we need it?
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5 votes
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Allow deleted answers to be visible to anyone if linked to directly

I got a rep boost today when someone on Reddit linked to an answer I made 4 years ago. Now that answer was a bit flippant and if I made it today it would definitely be a comment, but after seeing the ...
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3 votes
3 answers

Should you be able to delete questions which are actually referenced by a ( resume?

Following George Stocker's suggestion, I would like to ask the Stack Exchange community its opinion about old questions which: are not a good fit for Stack Overflow are in the process of being ...
VonC's user avatar
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12 votes
1 answer

What are the actual guidelines for deleting popular off-topic closed questions?

I recently noticed a relatively popular question (34 upvotes on the question, 42 on the top answer) get deleted on Stack Overflow ( This question was ...
M. Justin's user avatar
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15 votes
1 answer

Can we undelete my question that was cited by reputable sources? [closed]

I've gone to visit Stack Overflow today and have noticed that I lost some reputation. One of my questions had been deleted. This is normal to me now. When I saw which question, I was surprised as it ...
Johnno Nolan's user avatar
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-8 votes
2 answers

Should off-topic questions be retained if they are too old to migrate?

Recently, I accidentally posted a question on Stack Overflow, when I actually intended to post it on (where it would almost certainly have been useful and relevant). The question was ...
Anderson Green's user avatar
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1 answer

Spellchecker / grammar checker [duplicate]

There seems to be a fair few questions and answers on SE sites with simple spelling or grammar mistakes in them, and as I am the sort of person who cares about such things, I used to spend the time ...
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5 votes
2 answers

Do CW questions count towards the Self-Learner badge?

I've searched Meta and found no answer, and based on the description of the badge, I see no reason why they wouldn't, but since Community Wiki posts are a bit different from regular posts, I think it ...
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7 votes
1 answer

Prevent duplicate-question link rot [duplicate]

I've come across this a few times, the most recent being this chain: Where should I declare variables used in for-loops in Java for maximum efficiency? [duplicate] Does it make a difference if I ...
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