During my ventures in cleaning, I came across another phenomenon of quasi-dead questions, that won't get cleaned up, but (most) are essentially noise. There are a few (currently 227) questions which have a positive score, but are closed (excluding duplicates) and no-one "answered" them before they were. And by that I mean that they are unanswered by SE definitions (they might have no-scoring answers).
In my opinion, they are noise. There is little to nothing be taken from them in general. I did not go though them, but a few I saw were abandoned. About half of these questions (currently 137) have not been active within the last six months.
In general they might be in not too good shape, often scoring lower than two (cut-off after the first page of search results). But with these questions, there is some reputation on the line, typically lower than 10, for the OP.
There are a few options:
- the radical approach: delete
- the semi-radical approach: delete, after a thorough review, salvaging all information in the comments section, might include discussion in dedicated chat room
- the almost not radical approach: delete, after salvage and try to contact OP to rescue the question, then reopen
- the communism approach: disown, turn the contents around to fit our site and make it community wiki, reopen, and possibly answer
- the minimalism approach: clean up tags and format, let it be
- something else
How should we proceed with these questions? Are there criteria I have forgotten?
On a side note: Please also exercise your right to down-vote. Questions that do not fit well in our system will get cleaned up after a while when they have a negative score. In some frantic cases it let's us also see whether a question is controversial or not.