Following What should we do about dead listings?, we've started to add to questions that are 'deprecated, no longer available/supported, or no longer relevant'.

However, on the front page, there are a few question ('apps' tab):

'obsolete' questions shown on front page

There are also lots of questions shown:

'placeholder' questions shown on front page

Could the system please take and into account?

It would help to make the active and working apps more visible to casual users.


Also, as you can see from the right of the above screenshot, post author names are cut off -- could that be fixed too?

  • Looks like the last line warrants a separate post. – EKons Sep 5 at 13:11
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    Also, there's a workaround, in case you haven't opted to grey ignored tags out: ignore obsolete and placeholder, and hide ignored tags. – EKons Sep 5 at 13:13
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    @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος, I think that name cutoff has been brought up before either here or on Meta Stack Exchange. Don't have a post link handy at the moment though. – Brock Adams Sep 5 at 16:43

I'm not comfortable with auto-hiding any questions

  1. If they shouldn't show up, they should probably be deleted.
  2. Even or questions can be useful to other users, even new visitors/searchers.
  3. Power users can grey out or hide such questions:

    hide the cruft

    Admittedly, newer users may not be aware of such a feature, so:

  4. This further illustrates the usefulness of placing "OBSOLETE - " or "PLACEHOLDER - " in the title, if appropriate.

  5. And the obsolete/placeholder title snippets should be at the beginning of the title.




Except, maybe, some hypothetical locked questions

  • Fair enough with showing placeholder, but I don't think obsolete posts can be useful, because most of them don't work/have dead links. For the 'casual' user (which that tab is made for IMO), I think the most recent, up-to-date apps should be shown. If we keep them, how about giving them a lower weight so they show slightly lower down the page? – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Sep 10 at 10:07
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    We disagree about obsolete questions, but giving them lower weight, on that page, has merit. – Brock Adams Sep 10 at 18:08

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