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Retagging very old posts - why not just delete?

Some very old (2016) posts started to surface suddenly in different tags. Not sure why but I'm guessing they were posted in a wrong tag and just got moved.

Is there really any value in keeping these old questions? I seriously doubt anyone is still waiting for an answer after almost a year. For example, this one was on top of Q&A list and I almost went on to answer (just to say that it seemed very odd) but fortunately noticed it was dated November 2016.

Would it make more sense to just delete such questions? Exception could be made for a few technical ones but 99.9% of the old resurfaced posts I've seen are either obsolete or just RTFM / not enough info questions.

Keeping them just adds to the confusion and "digital landfill" IMHO.

Thank you!

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    Oct 13, 2017 at 08:56 PM

    This is probably related to the tag cleanup that we were promised some time ago.

    If this is the case and if the question has no replies and if it is older than 3 weeks, re-tagging it adds no value.

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  • Oct 13, 2017 at 08:53 PM

    I think it's a tough call. The Global team reached out to me on some old retagged questions and said the poster was still looking for an this old song

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    • Thanks, Tammy! I suspect it might be better if OP just posts the question again. In this way everyone will see an answer is needed. If someone wants to reply and they see an old date most likely they'll assume it's an abandoned question and move on.

  • Nov 17, 2017 at 05:34 PM

    This is still an issue. Can we please set some kind of cut-off time after which the questions would be simply deleted instead of retagging? 6 months maybe?

    It is quite frustrating when you start answering a question from the top of the list just to realize it is 8 months old and most likely OP moved on already. If someone is truly still looking for an answer after such long time they could re-post it.

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  • May 16, 2018 at 06:15 PM

    May 2018. This continues to happen. The other day I went to see if any SD questions needed to be answered and found the whole bunch of very old questions. Some were already answered (to the extent it's possible to answer a very vague question). OPs clearly don't care about these questions. Why do we keep dragging around this digital garbage?

    This is just one example, question dated NOVEMBER 2016 with 0 replies! For cripes sake...

    Brian Bernard Moshe Naveh - why? Who benefits? It just messes up the Q&A routine for active contributors and adds no value that I can see. Sorry, I fail to understand these actions.

    Please delete such old questions instead of updating them.

    Thank you.

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    • Thanks for a reply, Brian!

      I believe that the old/abandoned question deletion should be discussed by the SCN team. At minimum, they need to be closed to avoid confusion. Please note that the regular community members don't see the same things as the moderators. In the question list, we can see that a question was updated by a moderator. But in the question itself we see no indications of such update or why it was done.