I was going through the Question Collection for 2014 Moderator Election Q&A, in which on of them was this:

As a possible move, I wondered whether closing questions tagged with distibutions which are now past their life to be closed. I agree this is not at all a long term solution, but then we can't and we don't invest resources on those questions either.

Woudn't investing some resources in closing these question help improve these statistics?

If closing only new questions is the norm, wouldn't it mean that questions asked when the distribution was alive but now dead and not closed now, are open to answers?

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    Only new questions with EOL distros should be closed. Since the others were asked when the distro was alive...
    – Alvar
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 11:45
  • @Alvar: Wouldn't this mean the questions tagged with EOL releases with no answers are open to answers?
    – jobin
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 11:48
  • Only new questions tagged EOL can be closed as EOL. Because the problem stated wasn't a problem caused of the software being out of date...
    – Alvar
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 11:58
  • @Alvar: If such question still have no answer, does it make sense to keep them open?
    – jobin
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 12:01
  • yes it does because it was valid when it was asked. But why improve stats when this site is about solving questions, can be problem still be solved? then don't close it...
    – Alvar
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 12:10
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    Really old questions that don't have good answers can sometimes be cool closed as not reproducible, but not EOL.
    – Seth
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 15:46
  • @Seth: Yes, tagging it as not reproducible too can be a solution, till it solves the actual problem(in hindsight).
    – jobin
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 16:33

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This can only be done if we had policy that ALL EOL release questions were off topic.

However, this is not the case. Only new EOL release questions are considered "offtopic", so we can't arbitrarily close all questions tagged with an EOL release as "offtopic." Some of those questions, as well, may be "How do I upgrade from [EOLRelease] to a supported version", and those are still on topic.

  • I didn't strictly mean all questions, as humans we could distinguish between an EOL-specific question to non-EOL specific question. Keeping that margin, others which are really not worth the manpower employed, should not be kept open.
    – jobin
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 18:04
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    @Jobin "Would it make sense to close all questions tagged with now EOL distros tag to be closed?" is your title. "All Questions" applies to everything. We don't have a reason to close older posts about EOL releases if the question was posted before the release EOL'd. We can comment on those posts that they should upgrade, but with the policies that are currently in place we have no basis to close old questions as "offtopic" if they were posted before the EOL dates.
    – Thomas Ward Mod
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 20:06

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