One thing that I did see was that the closed questions, also seem to get automatically deleted. This is a shame because some of them have interesting/informative answers. So this raises the question that whilst, yeah, close the obvious shopping answers, should the associated information/knowledge that resides in the answers be lost, or not displayed, because the question was auto-deleted? Is there a close-but-don't-delete flag?
Admittedly, this is a bit of a slippery slope, and I certainly am not advocating that all closed questions get re-opened but I was going through [some of] the closed questions last night and it is a shame that a few were closed due to the narrow (maybe strict?) guide lines that were set initially. If I get time, I might add a new section to the meta post, Game plan - What is on-topic?, for new topics pulled from some select closed questions.
Beachcombing the closed question pile
I have been browsing a number of closed questions and came across a lot of "Best first printer" type questions, which are off-topic, admittedly, but they had some good answers. I think those sorts of questions get people to want to answer, for whatever reason (pride/emotion in demonstrating their own first printer, good/bad experiences, what have you...). Maybe, instead of closing all of them, it is worth having just one example question, such as the example below, so that it has already been asked - then we can legitimately close subsequent similar duplicates, without any loss of information or help.
Taking this one as an example, https://3dprinting.stackexchange.com/questions/5836/whats-the-least-amount-of-money-i-can-spend-to-get-a-decent-printer. It was closed as being too broad. I actually voted to close it as well, although I'm starting to wish that I hadn't. It has some great answers in it and it is a shame that they have been lost.
Since having been closed, it has now been automatically deleted. I'm just wondering whether it is worth undeleting it..?
I am not 100% sure whether, after undeleting it, then leaving it closed will cause it to be automatically deleted again - isn't there some sort of closed-but-don't-delete flag?
If there isn't then would it also have to be re-opened? Which, of course, entails other issues of "Why do we allow certain broad questions to be left open?" or "It's a shopping question!"
Regardless, it does seem a shame to have lost those fine (but subjective) answers.
So, the point of this post is, should we save this information somewhere, and if so, in what format? I envisage a number of possibilities:
- Blog post
- Locked question
- Protected question
- Featured tagged question1 (meta only?)
- FAQ tagged question1 (meta only?)
- Closed, but not deleted, question - if this is possible
- A community wiki type post
1 See also Difference between FAQ and Featured tagging