Recently in the review queue I have seen a number of questions which had they been asked today would be off topic because they specifically refer to an end of life version of Ubuntu but were on topic when asked and have accepted answers.

Should these questions be closed as they are no longer relevant to any supported version of Ubuntu or kept open for historical reasons.

I've been selecting "skip" so far but I can see arguments both for keeping and for closing and presumably eventually deleting these questions.

Do we have a policy on this and if so what is it?

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Closing questions which are off topic is important for new questions to indicate they should not be answered, or should be edited.

These reasons do not hold true for old, or very old answered questions. We can not expect that all these questions and their answers will be edited just for an up to date topicness.

Having them around does not do any harm. Searching those old questions, reviewing, and eventually closing them however is a waste of time for all involved. We should also keep in mind that after deleting these old questions all people that put effort in answering them will lose all their reputation they may have gained. These certainly is not what we want.

We may also not want to lose valuable content which may still be helpful to people in need of running unsupported old releases. Why remove this content? We don't accept new questions but it makes no sense to delete the old ones.

I don't see any good reason why we should close or delete those old, upvoted and answered questions. This is different for old but unanswered questions. Removing them may be good for our statistics and may help to remove clutter.

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    I certainly agree that old unanswered questions should be removed and I am happy to leave questions that have been accepted or have up-voted answers open. Thanks for the clarification. May 1, 2014 at 9:12
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    @WarrenHill if you see one of those, just remove the references to the version and write it more general, unless is a bug, bugs are to be closed. ;)
    – Braiam
    May 1, 2014 at 17:38

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