There's a wonderful question that currently ranks #5 on the questions sorted by votes list.

This seems like bad form to me. I'd rather have that list full of real questions that people actually care about. Can closed questions be removed from that list?

  • Is this about all closed questions or all closed PTIJ questions?
    – Double AA Mod
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 21:39
  • @DoubleAA I guess this is for any closed question. However, most non-PTIJ closed questions get removed fairly soon after they are closed, and therefore there is no issue like this. Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 21:57

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Yes. This can be accomplished in one of two ways:

  1. Delete the question. This is probably obvious.
  2. Put a historical lock on the question. This is a special status that moderators can place on a given question, which will preserve it and all of its answers on the site but prevent any future modifications. It will also remove it from all default lists - you'll still be able to find it by searching for it, but it won't show up to casual readers.

Option #1 is preferred for questions that have simply outlived their usefulness. Option #2 was created explicitly for questions that are/were enjoyable and worth keeping around as a reminder of the site's history, but which shouldn't normally be held up as examples of good questions.

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    "Option 1: Delete the question".....but we like our Purim Torah....
    – MTL
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 23:26
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    Well, that's why option #2 exists!
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 23:33
  • Can locked questions be unlocked? (Occasionally Purim Torah gets un-closed for another go) Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 2:50
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    Yes they can, @yez
    – Shog9
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 3:05
  • We tried this before, and chose against locking because it's hard to search for them and the tag self-destructs (IIRC). There should be a record of the discussion then somewhere...
    – Double AA Mod
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 5:34
  • See deleted comments here and chat transcripts from that day here here and here
    – Double AA Mod
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 5:36
  • Oh and how convenient! chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/3784101#3784101
    – Double AA Mod
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 5:46

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