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There are a number of questions that are marked as duplicate of deleted questions:

Should they be reopened? Deleted themselves? Left alone?

  • Cool list. You might flag the deleted questions that are savable and flag the questions that are closed as dupe that would be worth reopening. Again, a closed question is just fine if we don't expect it needing any new answers. They are still searchable by anyone and can do good. In the case of the last one, you should have voted for deletion as it's not worth keeping around in a visible state just like the other one. These might need to be handled using the existing tools on a case by case basis... – bmike Mar 6 '14 at 20:33
  • @bmike Indeed, I voted to delete the last one as soon as I saw it. I wasn't sure about the others as much as that one and haven't voted to delete any of the others. – grg Mar 6 '14 at 21:47
  • @bmike Your response seems apt. Why don't you post it as a proper answer? – Robert Cartaino Mar 10 '14 at 15:39
  • @RobertCartaino got busy and this fell off my radar. Thanks for the nudge. – bmike Mar 10 '14 at 15:43
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Systematically, I'm not sure there's a tool / method to handle the abstract idea, however all seem manageable with the existing moderator tools on a case by case basis.

  • Any moderator (user with sufficient reputation) can flag the deleted questions that are savable and flag the questions that are closed as dupe that would be worth reopening.

Again, a closed question is a fine state for a question to sit for months or even an indeterminate amount of time if we don't expect it needing any new answers. Closed questions are still visible to all and can do good.

In the case of the last question, a vote for deletion might be a place to start on reviewing these.

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