I can understand that it's good to let low-scoring older questions bubble back to the surface, in case there is new information, or someone has a new angle: but there often seem to be a lot of very old questions on the front page of the site.

Often these just have "modified 16 mins Community", but I can never find what that edit might be. Is that just spam removal?

Do old questions ever get 'archived'? (At what point do questions about OS X Panther become Retrocomputing?)

Do 'low-quality' questions-and-answers (e.g. someone never responds to a Q, and low scores all round) ever get pruned from the site?

I often start typing an answer and then realise it's about someone's hard drive 7 years ago. Yes, I suppose I could click on "Questions" instead.

And I can understand that some little nugget of info might be the very info needed by someone searching for answers.

I suppose I'm just thinking out loud that the 'signal-to-noise' is sometimes high. (Or is that low?)

Can we vote to close questions on grounds of being old and unimpressive?

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The Community user bumps old questions to the front page occasionally. You can tell a question has been bumped because it will show in the

  • revision history (/posts/id/revisions)

  • timeline (/posts/id/timeline)

What can cause a question to be bumped?


Old questions don't get archived as they can still be valuable for people using older systems. The Community user does delete questions falling under a certain criteria, which you can see at /help/roomba.

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    Thanks. Just one thing: how do you get to the 'timeline'? Presumably there's only 'revision history' if someone's made some edits?
    – benwiggy
    Commented Jul 18, 2021 at 11:37
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    @ben Added paths to the answer. The link to the revision history only shows when there’s been an edit, but you can still get to the page manually.
    – grg Mod
    Commented Aug 9, 2021 at 23:03

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