...so it's time to do a mass clean up of our Minecraft content, yes?

We have two options:

  1. You flag outdated questions (= about items or mechanisms that are no longer there, etc) and we delete them.
    • The homepage should not get trashed by question and answer deletion.
    • Some reputation will be lost
    • People opting to use old versions of Minecraft on purpose will have no use in our site.
  2. We retag outdated questions to, say, or
    • Less content is lost
    • There is a very real risk of trashing the homepage
    • We'll still need to delete outdated answers on current questions

What poison should we pick?

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    oh ye gods. This is going to be a pain.
    – Mana
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:14
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    Why the need to retag/delete old questions at all? If they've already got the version number in the question, what's the issue? Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:27
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    @RavenDreamer That's a huge 'if'
    – badp
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:32
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    Don't we have a generic tag for this, like obsolete or old-version or outdated? Should we, maybe? Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:35
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    @MartinSojka Sounds like a bad metatag to me.
    – badp
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:37
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    btw, why retag to another tag? Why not just adda disclaimer on outdated questions and/or answers? It's both more informative to random users, and it prevents splitting the tags.
    – Oak
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:41
  • I vote option 2. It seems less destructive. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:46
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    Note that we may still have this problem later as I read that Notch is going to keep updating it. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 16:47
  • @John I'm willing to bet that Minecraft is going to be much stabler now than it's been in the past, but there's only one way to know.
    – badp
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 17:06
  • Looks like it's time to revisit all my old Minecraft answers to see if they involve any old mechanics. (Gradually, of course.)
    – Kevin Yap
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 18:08
  • I'm saddened but also strangely liberated at the realization that I don't care in the slightest about the release.
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 2:28

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I don't think going gold should be that different from beta with a game like Minecraft. So I vote doing the same thing we did the previous time something like this was raised:

  1. If an answer is outdated, edit in a disclaimer.
  2. If a question is outdated, edit in a disclaimer, and no further disclaimer is needed for its answers.

Either closing as too localized or protecting is also okay, I guess, but honestly I don't really see any benefit of doing that.

I'm against retagging, I don't think it's a good idea, we'll end up with a bunch of and tag pairs, which won't really benefit anyone.

  • Editing sounds like a good idea if you have like, two or three or even a dozen posts. This problem is a few orders of magnitude larger than that.
    – badp
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 17:05
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    @badp but how many of them truly require updating? I confess ignorance regarding Minecraft versions...
    – Oak
    Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 17:07
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    Personally, I don't think this version will be all that different from past ones, so I see no need to do anything different. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 17:19
  • +1 to this. The front page has been 95% Skyrim for days, I don't see how a few or even dozens of Minecraft edits could hurt. Commented Nov 14, 2011 at 19:28
  • @Oak — Knowing how many of them need updating is exactly the problem. Chances are, most of them don't, but we can't pick out those that do without checking each of the ~800 questions. I agree that deleting or retagging is a worse option, but reviewing isn't ideal, either. :-/
    – Ben Blank
    Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 0:05
  • @Ben but luckily many of the answerers are active users. Active users tend to fix their own answers when new versions come up.
    – Oak
    Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 0:31

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