Occasionally, browsing through old meta posts on SFF, I come across questions about parts of the SE system that no longer exist or no longer function in the way described in those questions. E.g. questions about "flag weight" or "10k flag review tools", such as the following examples:
- When does the system show flag review screen?
- What to do with flags which are valid but not for earth-shatteringly bad content?
Over on main meta, they have a specific close reason for such questions:
The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the circumstances affecting the asker have rendered it obsolete. If you encounter a similar problem, please post a new question.
Should we do anything about our meta's questions about SE functionality that no longer exists?
Note there's a few different types of questions to be considered, and if we do want to start closing questions we should consider carefully which ones to close:
- discussion or support questions about what to do with this or that now-non-existent functionality or how it works. These don't serve any purpose any more, except maybe to confuse people.
- bug or feature-request questions about something that's since been solved or eliminated. These seem no more useless than any other status-completed or status-declined requests: technically no longer relevant after having been resolved one way or another, but the tags/comments/answers should make that clear.
- Questions about the SE-hosted blog? Questions about old versions of the site design? Should all of these be treated the same?
Should we instate a close reason for SFF meta similar to the one mentioned above for main meta? If so, what kind of questions should it be used for? If some "now obsolete" questions shouldn't be closed, should they be given status-something tags instead? Or am I worrying about something that's never been a problem and we should just leave well enough alone?