The question in question.

What should we do with it? It's clearly not a "proper" question for the Stack Exchange network (highly opinion-based and a "big list"), but it's CW and nobody's had a problem with it so far.

We could...

  • Close it (primarily opinion based, too broad, etc.)
  • Delete it (possible, but not necessary)
  • Put a historical lock on it (the small amount of content there probably isn't worth a lock at this point)
  • Leave it as is (probably not the best idea, since people will think these discussion forum-y type questions are perfectly fine)
  • \$\begingroup\$ It needs to be cleaned up for sure. I had hoped it would help preserve the best code-golf questions from stackoverflow before they were deleted. Seems they have all been deleted now, so people under 10k rep can no longer appreciate them. \$\endgroup\$
    – gnibbler
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 0:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ I gave it some thought and I've deleted it now. I think I'll try to dig through the old questions on SO and reask some of the good ones here, since it's a large new audience. \$\endgroup\$
    – gnibbler
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 3:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Tagged [status-completed] so this stops showing up as a "hot meta post" in the sidebar. \$\endgroup\$
    – Doorknob
    Commented Oct 14, 2014 at 20:58

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Close it. It's clearly opinion-based and out of scope for this site, as per the help center.

"Best-of" lists might work better on a blog.

I understand that this question was asked back in the wild-west days of PPCG, but I think these days, the community has created/converged upon a much clearer idea of what this site is about. This is a historical artifact, and I do believe in the preservation of historical artifacts if there are important things to be learned from them, but I don't think there's a whole lot to learned from this question.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You've been beating this drum all over the place. Have you read any of my comments to understand the intent? Can you suggest how to change it in a way that can preserve the history of stackexchange code golf? \$\endgroup\$
    – gnibbler
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 0:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @gnibbler Yes, sorry about that - I didn't think this was getting enough attention either, though for different reasons ;-) I'll leave my drum alone now. My only suggestion is to move this to a blog. I'll be watching what the community does with great interest :) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 0:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm just a bit annoyed that they all got deleted. I asked for them to be migrated a couple of times, but apparently they can't because they are too old. \$\endgroup\$
    – gnibbler
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 0:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @gnibbler Yes, I agree that's shame. If those old deleted code-golf questions are still visible to SO high-rep users, I for one would support their migration here, even as CW, if there are no duplication issues, perhaps under a historical tag or something. If they are good, original questions, I think the PPCG community has grown enough that we could see some great new answers. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 0:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @gnibbler: According to this, we could build a list of all SO we want to receive and request the devs to migrate them. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dennis
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 12:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Dennis, Thanks for finding that! \$\endgroup\$
    – gnibbler
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 19:06

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