The question, though you'll need deleted-viewing rep to see it: https://serverfault.com/questions/679847/is-there-an-alternative-to-windows-server-since-it-is-being-discontinued
For those that can't read it, it was a April Fools' Day post asking for alternatives to Windows Server now that MS has announced that it wasn't going to be supported anymore. The top comment to the question pointed it out as an AFD joke, as well.
There has been a bit of offline discussion about the value of keeping these questions around. It was an obvious April Fools' Day joke, but do those kind of things deserve to stay around?
Here's a summary of where I think it's ended up
Reasons to keep but lock
- Lighthearted holiday fun is encouraged on SE sites (hats, StackEgg, contests, etc)
- Poking fun at rival OS/platforms is part of the SysAdmin culture
- Locking the question puts a large notice that it is not considered a normally appropriate question and that it is maintained for hysterical raisins.
- Locking the question already removes any ability for further comments/votes/answers
Reasons to delete altogether
- It was the top Google result for "windows discontinued", leading people to believe it if they didn't read the comments/answers
- It allowed participating users to receive upvotes for a topic that didn't actually solve a problem
- It makes the site look unprofessional
- Users would still point to it as a reason to post similar questions.
- Shopping list questions are off-topic
At the behest of a friend, I posted this because I think there is value in learning the community's thoughts on posts like this, and what value (if any) they bring to ServerFault.