Like 634 others, I follow @StackProgrammer on Twitter to read and retweet hot questions. However, it's been nagging at me recently that I perceived "a lot" of these tweets -- tweets ostensibly meant to focus attention on those questions and bring both veteran and new users into the site -- were leading to questions already closed or deleted by the time I read them (and my tweetstream is always on).
I looked at the last 100 tweets of hot questions, which only takes us back to Feb 21st, and 14 were closed and 1 was deleted.
I am not questioning whether or not the questions should've been closed, or even the speed with which they are closed (I agree with the community in all of the instances), but:
- Should we be concerned that 15% of our tweeted hot questions will lead users to closed or deleted questions?
- If we should be concerned, and knowing that the moderators & community members are doing their jobs, is there any tuning that can be done to what I assume is an automated process at the SE level?
Bear in mind that I only looked at the last 100 because I only noticed it happening recently -- it could very well be that this isn't an issue at all and is just an off week. But if it continues to happen at a similar pace, I think from a community promotion standpoint it might be a problem we should consider trying to solve.
Edited to add links to most of the 14 closed questions, per @Rachel's request in a comment:
- Version Number Soup in RoR: Is Grails Better? Django? [closed]
- Online Code Editor [closed]
- Is it a good idea to generate code with the help of your IDE? [closed]
- What do you do when you can't seem to understand a certain part of programming? [closed]
- Is Object Oriented stuff really that important? [closed]
- why do some job posts say “high pressure environment”? [closed]
- A Class named Class? [closed]
- Offshoring a Software Project — Conflict Resolution [closed]
- How long did it take you to get kernel programming down [closed]
- Software engineer, already in late thirties, would I have trouble finding a new position? [closed]
- Does Object Oriented Programming Really Model The Real World? [closed]
- List of the really big and really small discrepancies with JS in the big 5 browsers [closed]
- Python is slowly replacing C in universities. Does this move degrade the quality of CS students? [closed]