I recently read the post describing the criteria used to purge the site of the least worthy of the identify-X questions. The criteria used was:
- They have a score of +5 or more.
- They have at least one answer with a score of +3 or more.
That criteria seems excessive. Why didn't we preserve all questions with a positive score and an accepted answer? That would have preserved good questions with known answers. Furthermore the criteria didn't take into account questions that were favorited. If a question is favorited it can be assumed people want to return to that question. Shouldn't that carry some weight?
As a decidedly biased example see my identify question (Screenshot below for low rep users). It has a positive score, an accepted answer, and 2 people have favorited the question (I didn't favorite it). I admit I'm biased but why shouldn't this question/answer be saved?
In another meta question there was an off-hand remark that said this is similar to the criteria used on Anime & Manga but didn't source that comment or give any reason why we should use their criteria (emphasis theirs).
Therefore, we need some fair criteria that remove the majority of questions that are of no future use to anyone and keep the ones that the community fit into shape and answered satisfactorily. Therefore, we will delete all questions which don't have a score of more than 4 and an answer with a score more than 2. These criteria are similar to the ones employed by Anime & Manga when they went through their process of deprecating ID questions and would keep about 1,000 of them in existence.
I think it is important to note that I'm not campaigning for my question in particular. I don't have the rep to view deleted questions beyond my own so the only example I could provide was my question. I'm trying to understand why this criteria was chosen instead of a more inclusive criteria.