Somehow I missed this question after the discussion occurred.
I like some of the CW-lists on the site, and I dislike some of the others. I love the roots of the Terminal Tips & Tricks question, but the fact that it descended into 'look at all these cool command line programs' turned it into a waste. Many answers can be cleaned up because they don't fit the question. Hence what spawned all of this.
And I REALLY love the 'new features / caught off guard with Lion' and 'iOS 5' CWs, because there is so much good content that would likely never have been asked about.
With the 'tiny things in iOS 5' question, the highest voted answers would probably have never been asked about. Who is going to ask: "How do I view my photo roll when in Camera.app more quickly?" No one will, because there is a button in the bottom-left that takes you to your Camera Roll.
Could someone ask "How do I view my photos without leaving Camera.app and opening Photos.app?" Absolutely, but it's terribly unlikely. I also think that no one would ask "How can I view a weather forecast instead of the current conditions via the Notification Center?", but the fact that we provide this information is a nice to have. Which was the whole point of the question.
Now, that's not the entire side of the story, and I will completely admit that I would not be surprised to see questions like:
- "How do I retract the keyboard in Messages.app without having to leave the conversation?"
- "How do I pick the specific notification to view from the Lock Screen?"; or
- "How do I selectively delete call history?" (As a matter of fact, I seem to recall this question existing prior to iOS 5's release.)
But that's just three minor ones out of the first page of 30 answers. There's good content to be saved, and there's bad content to be cleaned up or pruned (both of which have happened, at least by my hands in the iOS 5 question).
There is a very specific line that has to be drawn with these questions, but you won't be able to set a rigid standard that suffices it. It's a case-by-case, community and moderator decision, which is exactly the way it should be. There are some questions that need to be closed, thankfully they're dead activity wise. Not that we won't see a resurgence when Community ♦ decides it wants to bump them, but here's hoping it decides to pick better low-hanging fruit.