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A user just pointed me at our sidebar. It shows related questions and she wrote the following, complaining why her plugin recommendation-question was closed as off topic.

ok, I dont want to sound like a b**** but I've seen lots and lots of questions answered when people ask for tools, libraries and off site resources. I am even looking at some here at the related sidebar....

She is right with one thing: We made those things off topic a long time ago. What we haven't managed (because of the lack of wo|menpower) is closing all of them. But she also pointed me at another interesting thing. Namely it's using the "related questions" sidebar to hunt down those questions. It's really an excellent and highly accurate tool for this task, as the SE/SO network developers have spent quite some time and brain power developing it.

Give WordPress Developers SE some ♥

Just search up one or two plugin recommendation questions. Search queries like

will work. And then the "related" sidebar widget already kicks in, delivering you targets.

Task: Flag and downvote (or if you got the capability: close vote) 5 questions. It will probably just take you 30 seconds, but you will do a big job for this site - and also for the relevance of your search results.

Hint: Down voting questions doesn't cost you reputation.

  • Will definetly help with those. I'm a very active close voter, but my problem is, I think 24 close votes is somedays just too little. Are there a way that these 24 limit will someday be increased :-). Like now, I'm out of votes, and 95% + of the questions I voted on was put on hold, so I'm not wasting my votes. – Pieter Goosen Jul 22 '14 at 17:27
  • @PieterGoosen The close voting queue is sky rocketing at the moment. :) – kaiser Jul 22 '14 at 18:28
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    O hell, "so I'm not wasting my votes" should have been "so I have not wasted my votes" sorry about that. Will vote as soon as I get new votes in a couple of hours. This 24 vote limit stinks – Pieter Goosen Jul 22 '14 at 18:35
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    I second @PieterGoosen: I've never had problems with review and/or vote limits. But when engaging in this task, they are indeed annoying. I'd much rather do this for an hour or two straight than 10 minutes every day... – Johannes Pille Jul 23 '14 at 15:35
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    What happens to Closed Questions and On Hold Questions? Do they both eventually get deleted or are they just permalocked? – Howdy_McGee Jul 24 '14 at 0:35
  • Turns out to extend into fall, eh?! – Johannes Pille Sep 17 '14 at 15:28
  • @JohannesPille maybe even into winter. :) – kaiser Sep 17 '14 at 15:52
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I like the idea of @kaiser, but it is a bit biased (North-sided). As there are a couple of guys in the southern hemisphere, which are currently wrapped in a state of something called winter, it seems like were are excluded here. We are still a few months away from summer.

So I would like to invite the guys from the southern hemisphere to participate in the

♥ Winter clean up ♥

program

The same concept would apply as the "♥ Summer clean up ♥", except it would be called ♥ Winter clean up ♥ for our guys.

And here is my hint

To hell with reputation, if an answer is really bad, also downvote it. It just costs one reputation, but it will safe someone a ton of time reading a poor quality answer

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