Earlier today, AdmBorkBork posted this question on TNB, asking whether or not PPCG was dying. In the following discussion, I have suggested we, as a community, could start "reviving" (for lack of a better term) select challenges, based on suggestions given by us.
The reasoning behind it is that PPCG has, at the time I'm posting this, 459 challenges with one or less answers that have been posted more than 60 days ago, and that are neither closed nor locked and have no accepted answers. Naturally, this could be for any number of reasons, including uninteresting or trivial challenges. Some of them, however, could be potentially very interesting challenges that have been overlooked by the community, or that have been posted early on in PPCG's 'life' and been subsequently buried by thousands of other posts.
Once every [period of time, tbd later], the community would suggest (in a meta-post or chatroom created for this purpose) challenges that fit parameters similar to the ones mentioned in the search above [those parameters are also tbd later].
The challenge(s) with the most votes could then be "revived":
First, check whether the challenge fits our current standards for challenges. This is important, especially for older challenges, so that there's no confusion regarding rules that are no longer in effect.
If the challenge doesn't fit current standards, we edit it in a way that keeps the objective of the challenge unchanged. Of course, this might not be possible for every challenge, which would be one of the criteria we as a community should observe when suggesting and/or voting on suggested challenges.
After that edit, the challenge should be bumped to the first page. I'd also suggest adding a bounty to give some more incentive for new answers to be posted, but that is, of course, optional.
There is also the issue with non-competing answers for languages (or specific functions of a language) developed after the challenge has been posted1. Not relevant since this post.
Keep in mind that this is still a very crude suggestion, since the main objectives of this post are to see whether the PPCG community is on board with the idea of reviving older challenges that currently get almost no visibility, and if so, to gather more suggestions on how to do this properly.
So, my main questions for now are:
- Is this feasible?
- Would it be possible to do this in a recurring fashion, such as the language of the month post?
- If we determine that it is possible, should we do this for a single challenge, or should there be a fixed amount of challenges to be chosen each period?