This is about questions fulfilling the following conditions:

  1. Closed (not duplicates)
  2. 0 answers
  3. (pretty old - months to years)

There are relevant MSE posts - the discussion about when to delete a question and how long to wait before you vote to delete - and you'll see by my criteria above and the questions below, that they easily fulfill all formal requirements.

Do we still want to keep them (all or some of them), nonetheless?

Although they have no answers, they received several upvotes and so the Roomba didn't touch them. In all these cases, we can pretty safely say that the OP had enough time to improve them to make them ready for reopening but will never do that.

I do not see which purpose these questions serve. They still show up in searches, but contain no useful information (apart from being not suitable for Parenting.SE - but we have plenty of closed questions with answers (250 if you use "answers:1" instead, see search term below) and ultimately that's the goal of the help center, not closed questions).

Search term:

closed:yes duplicate:no answers:0

Old questions listed according to close reason:

Off topic

Requests for medical advice

Price-shopping assistance

Unclear what you are asking

Too broad

Primarily opinion-based

Not constructive

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    I'm sorry for the lack of response to this important and diligently researched question. I haven't answered it because I think this is an area where the community should make its wishes known. – anongoodnurse Sep 20 '18 at 17:51
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    I'd favor deletion, in general. – Joe Sep 24 '18 at 21:43

I suggest that we get rid of them, because

  1. They serve no purpose. This is a Q&A site and answers are an integral part of it, but these questions have no answers.
  2. The questions are not suitable for Parenting.SE, so there is no reason to keep them.
  3. They will in all likelihood not be improved and cannot be. I just chose old question when the OP had a lot of time to edit them, yet didn't. They were abandoned by their OPs (they may no longer have an account or were registered). The question may also simply be unsalvageable, e. g. requests for medical advice.
  4. They may show up in searches without being helpful to the user and so are rather noise.
  5. They may show up in google searches and so give a bad impression of Parenting.SE.

I see no reason why they should be kept.

The good news

  • They can be deleted by high-rep users
  • but they needn't be. A score of 0 is enough for the Roomba to take action.
  • Well, maybe someone comes across and old legimate question in the future and provides an answer that is useful to other people. Apart from that, I agree with the rest – David Jun 13 '19 at 7:27
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    Closed questions cannot be answered. – Anne Daunted GoFundMonica Jun 13 '19 at 11:45

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