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They were built to be temporary. I understand keeping the nth and n-1th sandboxes because people still use those. Every time I search for things on meta I get so many trash results from sandboxes it's unbelievable.

In my opinion, the benefits of being able to actually use the smart-search feature on meta outweigh the extremely rare chance that a shining gem of a challenge will be found among the below average, months old challenges.

Delete all but the latest and second to latest sandbox.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Would the downvoter care to explain why you want to keep old sandboxes around? What value have they to future visitors? If you have a compelling argument, make it an answer so people can vote, refine, and comment. \$\endgroup\$ – Rainbolt Jun 5 '14 at 1:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ I suppose one reason to keep them around would be so that people could look at "failed" proposals to re-design it in their own fashion. \$\endgroup\$ – Kyle Kanos Jun 5 '14 at 1:25
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I would prefer they be kept. I put quite a bit of work into some of them and while I think they need more before they're ready to post, it would be upsetting for them to disappear.

But I also don't really understand the reason for wanting to delete them. Can you do -sandbox or something to exclude the undesired search results?

Edit: Since I've hit 2000, I can see deleted posts now. But I still represent this position for all the sub-2000 users.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You can't filter the "Similar questions" list with -sandbox, and if you are looking for a sandbox related post (of which we have a few), you can't use -sandbox either. What's more is that 95% of the good material has made it out of the sandbox already. It's called a sandbox for a reason - you build something out of sand, and it gets washed away at some point. \$\endgroup\$ – Rainbolt Jun 5 '14 at 2:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ I could quip back with things like "baby with the bathwater" or "long incubation", but I still don't grasp the issue fully, so it would be pointlessly argumentative. What's "Similar questions"? \$\endgroup\$ – luser droog Jun 5 '14 at 7:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ When you write a question, when you suggest a duplicate, and when you search, meta uses a smart search feature to identify similar questions or search results. Not only are the sandboxes themselves showing up in mass numbers, but also every single answer ever posted to any of them. What's worse is that the good material from the old ones has already been duplicated. Are we programmers or hoarders? \$\endgroup\$ – Rainbolt Jun 5 '14 at 13:46

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