The accepted answer to the Meta post When should I vote to delete a question? advocates an aggressive approach to deleting closed questions.
Summarizing, the author suggests:
- always deleting unclear questions
- near always deleting off-topic questions
- deleting too broad or opinion-based questions that attract poor answers
- sometimes deleting duplicate questions "if the duplicate does not add terminology or alternate phrasing to find the question."
As of this post, there are
- 891 closed/non-duplicate questions
- 893 closed/duplicate questions
It seems like decluttering by removing more of our closed questions would be yet another way to improve finding answers on the site (along with editing and retagging open questions to ensure they are accurate and easy to find).
I'd very much like to know the opinions of both mods and non-mods alike.
UPDATE: 5 May 2021
I've nominated four questions for deletion, to see how the community decides on them. My criteria for choosing:
- opened before 2017
- having no answers
- fewer than 100 views.
The idea was to identify questions that are not contributing to the site, even as guideposts to the kinds of questions we close.