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I agree w/ @sideburns, though perhaps for different reasons :) Marking questions as closed would be tedious and not fruitful, since they would still show in search results.

The best way to handle old questions is to maintain them; if the question is similar to yours but unsolved, make a comment; the system should push it up to the top of the queue for fresh eyes and there's one less redundant question in the search results. If a question is clearly useless for everyone except the visitor who abandoned it, you can delete it, or flag it for deletion note to self: check offensive flag reasons You can retag questions if they apply to a relevant release, once you have some karma. Moderators can even merge questions or make common ones into a wiki to make the question more broadly useful.

Keep in mind that moderators on the site are simply members of the community with sufficient karma; as you contribute to the site, the system awards more privileges. The general idea is that by awarding you karma for your comments, or for your curation, the community self-selects those with a demonstrated ability to create and catalyze helpful, quality content. That could be you!

I agree w/ @sideburns, and @vtrefny, though perhaps for different reasons :) Marking questions as closed would be tedious and not fruitful, since they would still show in search results.

The best way to handle old questions is to maintain them; if the question is similar to yours but unsolved, make a comment; the system should push it up to the top of the queue for fresh eyes and there's one less redundant question in the search results. If a question is clearly useless for everyone except the visitor who abandoned it, you can delete it, or flag it for deletion note to self: check offensive flag reasons You can retag questions if they apply to a relevant release, once you have some karma. Moderators can even merge questions or make common ones into a wiki to make the question more broadly useful.

Keep in mind that moderators on the site are simply members of the community with sufficient karma; as you contribute to the site, the system awards more privileges. The general idea is that by awarding you karma for your comments, or for your curation, the community self-selects those with a demonstrated ability to create and catalyze helpful, quality content. That could be you!