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Cleaning up old content is important for the longevity of the site and for the long-tail questions, but getting new content answered is more important. Which is why we generally suggest doing 4-5 questions at a time and taking a break, as you've stated you've been doing. This gives the chance for new questions to still be seen, and stops the flooding of the ...


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There's nothing new in any of those three answers, and so I've cleaned them up. It appears that one individual decided to post his answer to the question, which brought it back to the front page. Most people who have been around a while can recognize an old question immediately, but the clues aren't always obvious to new users, which is the most likely ...


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If you're gonna do this, let's do it right: Define a custom off-topic reason. Doesn't have to be a permanent addition, but for the purpose of this cleanup swapping one in means less tedious clicking for the folks closing. More importantly, it means we're not notifying hundreds of people while conducting this campaign: kinda rude to drag folks back only to ...


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"Me too" answers are flag-worthy, as are old questions that are now off topic. I've gone ahead and closed and locked the question for that reason


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I remember that question. The worst part of that particular question that you referenced was that the person who asked it refused to describe why he wanted to do what he was doing. That's a problem, because it indicates the user has probably fallen into the XY problem trap. There may actually be reasons why this particular solution might seem to be right, ...


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Generally speaking I'm against migrating anything > 90 days old, unless it's been discussed with the other site & they want it. I'm more against migrating old stuff with accepted answers -- there is little to no benefit for the receiving site here IMHO. There are lots of off-topic questions in our history - These should probably be closed, and possibly ...


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Whenever an old question pops to the surface I treat it no differently than if it was posted today. If it's off topic now I vote accordingly. In the early days of SF the guidelines had yet to be placed and there was considerable tolerance for some questions simply because nobody was sure just what to to with them. I see no reason to use that as an excuse for ...


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The only general comment I have on editing old posts is that if all you're doing is removing "thanks" or capitalizing "I" in one or two spots you should really look at the post critically. Does the edit substantially improve the clarity of the post? Was the signature or the poor grammar/syntax really that terrible to look at? If the answer to either ...


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Nope! The SE robot does a few things with these. Questions with no upvoted answers are bumped to the front page in pairs at random. I believe two questions are picked every four hours. This is intended, in case anyone happens to have an answer. I believe there is a cleanup process that deletes these after a time if the question also has a non-positive ...


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I'm a little confused as to why we need to spend time retroactively closing these questions. I agree that they are now OT in most cases (not all- but certainly most), and new questions should be closed. What do we get from looking fir them specifically?


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That's probably not the best example as it does at least say what the technology is that the OP should be using. You would hope that any reasonable sysadmin would at least be able to research the technology from there. They could even search SF and find 1500+ references. If you come across truly link only answers then you have some options I guess, Edit ...


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Because you keep asking it. If it's poorly worded, and doesn't have an answer you like, you have no one to blame but yourself for that. Fix your old question and get it reopened; don't ask the same thing in a new question. You could probably benefit from reading the thread here on how to ask better questions, as well as using the search function before ...


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Adding my additional requirement (non-permanent solution) would sort of change the question itself. Yes, yes it would. In fact, that would make your question a different question, which should be asked separately. It is, however, a related question, so your new question should also link to the existing question, along with a clear statement that the ...


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TL;DR Answers Would it be legitimate to post a "follow-up"? Yes, if you have a problem that is similar to a crap Question, ask a new question. If yes: How can i make sure to not get closed as duplicate? Capitalize "I" and reference the previous Question (mention explicitly why your question is different too)


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We're dealing with a similar problem on Super User. When I started a clean-up, I reserved destruction only for answers that were scored at zero or below, not the accepted answer, written by users unlikely to come back, not the only answer, and obviously lacking effort. In general, we're trying to avoid removing something that someone found helpful. For ...


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IMHO Software Licensing questions (even old ones) should be closed as duplicates of Can you help me with my software licensing issue? ; I believe we have something similar for "Can you recommend hardware" type questions but those are more of a gray area (if the question is about a particular Storage need - say "deduplication and tiered storage of legacy ...


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Excellent idea for cleanup!


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There is a bit of a disconnect between how ServerFault handles question-migration and how the rest of the SE network handles it. We're a bunch of helpful people, and are quite aware that there is a significant amount of overlap between ServerFault and several other sites so we know we get a good number of well meaning if poorly placed questions. Expecting ...


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When something pops up on the front page that I don't believe belongs on SF now I vote accordingly. I really don't care whether or not is was ever appropriate for SF in the past. Further, although the rules have changed somewhat, many of the old posts I vote to close have not been on topic in the 2+ years I've been on SF and should have been killed off when ...


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If we could all get together and kill the "Cool Server Names" question even after Jeff revived it, I don't see a reason not to band together and destroy other old ones.


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No specific action is required. Old questions don't need closing simply because they are old and/or outdated. All posts are dated and people sufficiently literate to use a search engine to find an older Q&A should be capable of reading the date that accompanies every post even when a specific release/version number is omitted. Also people may even ...


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I don't believe that we must do anything about such a question if it is on topic for ServerFault. Someone could still answer this (even if it is unlikely) and someone found it worthwile enough to upvote or else the post would have been deleted by now.


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Per the link meta.so Journeyman Geek mentioned, the easiest way to get these removed is to vote the question below 0. It'll get reaped within a week. No need to vote-to-close them and wait for a consensus. You can do it yourself through the power of the mere vote-button. Of course, this doesn't apply to questions-with-answers. Who knows, maybe that answer ...


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I'm not personally motivated enough to look for old would-now-be-closed questions, but I think that if a question would likely get closed today, it's fair game for posting in the Vote to Close chat and I'd go along with closing them. I haven't looked at all the samples you posted, the one about recommending server hardware seems general enough that I'd ...


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I don't see what the conflicting advice is here. It was me that suggested you do 4 or 5 at a time so that you don't flood the front page with edits (as I knew you'd go at it with a certain gusto) @HopelessN00b just be aware that they all go past the front page and that they can drown out new questions so doing them in batches is preferable So if you're ...


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I'm one of those that requested you slow down just a little. I only ever see the default first page of questions and perhaps it's a timezone thing but over the last few days or whatever, I'm seeing more edited old crap than new questions. Sure I could change my settings but the reality is that the settings I'm using are those used by the very vast majority ...


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Old off-topic questions should be pilloried, smeared with their own shame and then locked with a warning to future interlopers. We don't want the term "ServerFault doesn't migrate crap" to be spoken of with bitter sarcasm like the same phrase is known to be used for a certain other member of the StackExchange family.


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I'm also going to try to sum up, because there are too many different ideas here for me to pick just one other answer to agree with. New questions with no answers I think everyone's on the same page with these: if they're off-topic, they should get closed or migrated. Ideally, crap just gets closed (and will be auto-deleted), but there's no way to avoid ...


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There is a little known feature us mods have known as the "Historical significance" lock. This also adds a "post notice" to this effect. There are reported to be several of these floating around on StackOverflow, but I don't think we have any yet. If any of those would be good candidates for this, we do have this power.


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Sure, things have changed a bit since the site started and many of the questions would probably be closed as off topic today but they are here and may be of use to someone in the future. I would say that if they have answers and especially accepted answers then leave them. If people feel strongly about it then drop them in vote to close (with a reason) as ...


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