People trying to use ancient hardware and software come here for support. So just because a thread is REALLY old and seems obsolete, doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't still useful.
The problem is when the Community bot gets a question stuck in its head, and keeps bumping it over and over, especially if the question has no value. I recently saw a ...
Meta sites have compulsory tags, of at least one you need to have.
bug and discussion are compulsory. tags is not.
There's a third type of tag called a status tag that only mods and staff can use that's red.
I'd like to suggest that we add a type of "close" flag - "this question is out of date and wouldn't benefit from an answer". […] It's not an option now.
Make it an option:
This should place the question in the proper queue for review. If few other users support you with their votes, the question will be closed.
I wouldn't vote to close the question you ...
Can we stop old questions being bumped?
No, as it is status-bydesign to get attention to old questions (that have no accepted or positively scored answers).
This is one of the duties of the Community Moderator:
Hi, I'm not really a person.
I'm a background process that helps keep this site clean!
I do things like
Randomly poke old ...
Meta sites still track reputation internally - it's just never displayed anywhere. For example, your "meta rep" right now is 23.
So you can still earn badges related to reputation, as odd as that may seem.
See also: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/251249/mortarboard-continues-to-be-awarded-on-meta-stack-overflow