I have begun to notice old posts (more than 1.5 years old) showing up in the close queue. Many sites, when they first begin, have more lax standards, and that is okay. However, as the community evolves and grows, should we judging older posts based our new standards today?
For instance, here is a screenshot of one post that I just reviewed:
I have encountered others as well, but that one's a good example.
The following meta links are taking from math.SE. I am bringing in these links to show what can happen when a community grows and there are many different people and personalities on the site. A subset of users can achieve deletion of closed questions with high quality answers.
- Downvoting can lead to autodeletion by a SE script
- Intentionally downvoting answers to force deletion by the auto-delete script
- Can question with accepted answers be delete (answer is yes)
- Votes to delete scale with upvotes on question and answer
- This one is from meta How does deleting work
Point nine of number 5 says: The system will automatically delete unlocked, unanswered questions with score of zero (or one if the owner is deleted), fewer than 1.5 views per day on average, and fewer than two comments after 365 days.
In summary, users can ban together to cause deletion of closed questions with accepted answers. They do this be downvoting the questions and answers and yes this does happen. It may not happen now when the community is equivalent to a town where everyone knows their neighbors but it tends to happen later. I believe that the site will grow and will eventually face this problem. If we close a bunch of questions now, we will just be setting them up as targets for users that believe they must go.
As a note, the user who started the downvote to delete campaign on math has been a member for less than a year and started this when they were a member for only two months at that time. Since that time, numerous questions and answers were deleted which has caused an uproar and still continues to this day. Some of prolific members have left for that reason, content destruction.