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Why are old questions not being closed

asked 2016-03-21 08:55:05 -0500

gobigobi66 gravatar image

updated 2016-03-21 12:55:11 -0500

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I see a lot of old questions (e.g. Fedora 15/18/20) on this site. Why are these not being closed - they appear to be outdated..

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@gobigobi66 This is my opinion too @vtrefny, it's not about time or effort it's about that They're not necessarily outdated... I tell you some example and is related about fedora documentation that is not rewrited in every single release -> Doc's

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2016-03-21 15:20:01 -0500 )edit

Hi, Thanks for your answers. I appreciate the explanations. Can't decide on which answer to mark as the correct one. Not needed, necessarily, right?

gobigobi66 gravatar imagegobigobi66 ( 2016-03-22 09:48:40 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-21 10:48:12 -0500

vtrefny gravatar image

Old questions (or answers to them) might still be relevant for newer versions of Fedora. For example server or command line related questions are rarely outdated.

But I guess main reason is there is no automatic way to close them or tell if they are still relevant. And of course, it's not neccesary to close them -- we can leave them open even if they are outdated/irrelevant for newer versions of Fedora.

(I'm not an askfedora admin/moderator, this is just my opinion.)

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answered 2016-03-21 12:49:44 -0500

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updated 2016-03-21 12:50:47 -0500

Speaking as a moderator, none of us have the time to go over old questions and close those that aren't relevant. However, we will close a question without hesitation if somebody gives an "answer" to an old, out-dated question that's been forgotten for several years, especially if it doesn't even refer to the same Fedora version as the question did.

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answered 2016-03-23 01:23:46 -0500

davidva gravatar image

Old questions maybe can help sometimes; but a filter warning about the question is very old, is a best idea.

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Good idea!

gobigobi66 gravatar imagegobigobi66 ( 2016-03-24 10:34:52 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-03-22 20:42:53 -0500

updated 2016-03-22 20:46:31 -0500

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!

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answered 2016-03-23 15:37:37 -0500

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tl;dr: Old answers are bad.

I don't agree with all the other answers. We had yum a year ago and have dnf now. In 1 year we will have Wayland as default (hopefully) and not X11 (as today). Software gets renamed, packages get updates and new names (gtk2 → gtk3, qt4 → qt5, KDE → Plasma, …). Backends change (OpenGL → Vulkan, DRI2 → DRI3, …). Many answers don't apply any more. Anything more than 2 years old should be deleted in my opinion.

(No moderator either)

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Even deleted? Old answers can contain valuable information on CLI commands that may be valid for years...

gobigobi66 gravatar imagegobigobi66 ( 2016-03-24 10:34:34 -0500 )edit

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