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Check out the deleted questions on Stack Overflow

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There are a lot of questions on Stack Overflow, probably a lot than you realise. This is understandable when you consider over 7,000 questions are being asked every day. No I’m not just talking about the 5 million odd that you can access via the questions tab (4,930,418 and counting at time of writing). There are also a ridiculous amount of deleted questions which only users with at least 10,000 reputation can see.

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Most of the deleted questions are just plain awful questions that don’t belong on the site. A good number of them however were deleted not because they were particularly poor quality or bad questions, but because they were off-topic and don’t really belong on Stack Overflow, they also may have been too old to migrate to a site like Programmers.

Greg Hewgill created a list of old deleted questions ranked by votes, being outside Stack Overflow so people who don’t have the reputation can check them out. A lot of them are great demonstrations of what not to ask on Stack Overflow now that the rules are much more rigorously defined on what is on-topic. They are a lot of fun though :) check out the list here.

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