Could we make it a rule that any question asked in good faith will be allowed to stay open for at least 48 hours? This would give honest retrocomputing-related questions that don't adhere to Stack Exchange's strict rules enough time to (1) provide something useful to the person who submitted the question, (2) without littering the site long-term. I believe goal (2) should not be allowed to override (1) and I think this would be a good compromise.
There are many, many issues with this, including:
- What's good faith?
- If a question is answerable, why should we be trying to close it?
- If a question isn't (easily) answerable, we have to be able to put it on-hold before answers come in so it can be fixed.
It also doesn't provide clear benefits:
- If people still want to help the asker of an off-topic / shopping recommendation question, comments are still available.
It'd also provide a bad example:
- If all questions are allowed, then all questions are allowed.
- If not all questions are allowed, then which close-worthy questions are temporary-exemption-worthy?
I'm struggling to articulate why this is a bad idea, but… just no. Really, no.