Produce the number 2014 without any numbers in your source code is our highest-voted question. It regularly inspires newcomers to pose similar challenges, which get heavily downvoted with the poster pointed to Do X without Y.
I can't blame a new user for using this question as a model. The top questions are a natural place to look to see what a site is about. Imitating success seems like a safe option to a newbie unsure of their challenge-writing skills. We must look rather capricious to them to pile downvotes on their question while the original was heavily upvoted. It's a rather poor first welcome towards the newbie.
Can we do something about this broken window?
One option is a historical lock, which "preserves older content that was very popular when it was originally posted, but is now off-topic or otherwise out of scope for the site it is posted on."
Questions can be historically locked when:
- The post is Off-Topic or Not Constructive, and
- The post is stellar, in spite of its off-topic nature, and
- There are a large number of views, upvotes and inbound links on the post, and
- The post is contentious; e.g., it has been closed and reopened at least once, or deleted and undeleted at least once
I'm not sure all of these apply.