As many of you are aware, there are people active on Maths.SE that close and delete posts. The CRUDE chat is probably the best known concentration point of them.
As part of the activities, also old(er) posts are being closed. It has come to my attention before that these are mostly closed using "no context" as a reason, and as of late I have noticed it again.
I consider this to be confusing, not only for the posts at hand (OP is long gone and/or the question has been answered, and the aim is not for "context" to be added -- although this is certainly still possible), but also for understanding the intended scope of the "no context" close reason (in relation to the previous parenthetical remark: "why do people use this close reason when there is obviously no context to be added?").
Should there be a specific close reason for (old) posts that don't add value?
I'm specifically asking about old posts because it is most clear there that there is not really activity to be expected, so we might assess the question and its answers on their long-term added value to the site.
Particularly, (poor) questions whose (one or more) answers don't have positive score will count as unanswered, and will never be curated by any automatic pruning. Consider e.g. the following queries:
- answers:1 isanswered:no hasaccepted:no closed:no score:..-1 lastactive:..1y
- answers:1 score:..-3 lastactive:..1y
The former count as "unanswered" to the system. The latter are of questionable long-term value due to their score. These two queries comprise thousands of questions; others undoubtedly can find similar queries yielding bigger numbers.
Let me stress that these questions in some cases can also be improved and any stellar answer that might be written to them might thus be salvaged. But for the 99% other posts, closure and deletion might be considered a good riddance, and if one makes this call, one ought to own up to the intention and label these posts as such, and not by using "no context" as a proxy.
PS. This question is NOT about:
- whether closure and deletion is a good idea at all;
- the specific wording of such a close reason (this would be a subsequent post).
PPS: I am aware that there are many more posts elaborating on related topics (e.g. this). Please link to any that are particularly relevant.