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The community has decided that shopping questions aren't a good fit for the site.

Every once in a while, a straight-up shopping question pops up that is still lurking around from the bad ol' days. It seems that people are reluctant to vote to close these. My guess would be that this is because they feel that the question is "grandfathered in," or something like that.

My feeling is that we should either close them, or lock them with the "this question exists for historical reasons but shouldn't be considered a good example" text.

What do you think?

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    I've added the two avenues that I favor as answers. Vote on them if you like them. Or add your own answer. – jimchristie Apr 25 '14 at 15:35
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Close them as off topic.

Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.

They lead new users to believe that shopping questions are ok.

  • Add a close reason like this one – andy256 Apr 26 '14 at 1:18
  • As far as I know, this is the normal thing to do; it comes up on pretty much every site eventually, since we all try to be lenient in the beginning then realize some things really just don't work. (It's definitely what we've done on cooking.) – Cascabel Apr 26 '14 at 21:24
  • @andy256 That has been done. I've added the text to this answer to reflect that. – jimchristie Apr 27 '14 at 1:10
  • These questions lose value fast because the suggested parts/bikes whatever will be obsolete very soon, most likely within a year or two, so no need to keep these questions around. – arne Apr 29 '14 at 5:39
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Lock them with the "this question exists for historical reasons but shouldn't be considered a good example" text. This way, people have an indication why they were open for so long and are no longer a good fit for the site.

  • I like this solution. That way if anyone needs to look at the question then they can still see it, unlike where it is closed. +1 to you! – George Apr 25 '14 at 21:46
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    @GeorgeH Are you thinking of deletion? Closing questions doesn't hide them - search for "closed:yes" on the main site and you'll see a couple hundred of them. They come up in normal search results too. – Cascabel Apr 26 '14 at 21:17
  • Oh God! I have no idea what I was thinking when I posted that! Sorry... blush – George Apr 27 '14 at 1:02
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    I prefer this, as many of these questions are still useful, if only in a limited sense. This fixes the issue noted, but doesn't remove or denigrate the previous work put in by users of the site when those questions were still considered acceptable. Also, I would differentiate "shopping questions" as meaning "which model of bike should I buy?" rather than asking "For this type of riding, what type of bike is suitable?" – zenbike May 7 '14 at 10:53

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