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?



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
    Jul 18 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
    Aug 9 at 23:03

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