I recently found this post on meta explaining that
the Community user will automatically delete old abandoned / dead questions in the following circumstances:
If the question is more than
30days old, and ...
- has −1 or lower score
- has no answers
- is not locked
Our own site has a number of questions which nearly meet this criteria. If you take a look at unanswered questions you can see that there are currently:
- 9 unanswered questions with a score of 1
- 6 unanswered questions with a score of 0
- 4 unanswered questions with a score of -1
Presumably, all those in the last category (score -1) will be automatically deleted within the next 30 days.
I've just gone through and downvoted a number of these questions in an effort to get them booted.
If one or two others head over and downvote those other low-score unanswered questions, they will also be cleared out of the site. There are two reasons I believe we should do this:
- As the linked meta post explains:
Abandoned, unanswered questions can be a nuisance for readers when they appear in search results. While every question deserves a chance to be answered, at some point the annoyance to those searching for a solution outweighs the increasingly small chance that an answer will be provided.
- Sustainability.se seems to be a low-voting site: So far this year, only 17 users (out of over 6,000 registered on the site) have cast a vote. This means while lots of those users might think those questions worthy of a downvote (as indicated by the lack of interaction) they are not inclined to vote, for unclear reasons. I believe the lack of interaction is sufficient reason to cast the decisive vote.