The system does not automatically clean up rejected migrations (questions sent here from another site, then closed here as anything except a duplicate).

Since rejected migrations are locked by Community♦, there's not much non-moderators can do about this (e.g. vote to delete) except flag.

I was thinking about going through these and deleting rejected migrations where:

  • The question is locked and closed (not as a duplicate)
  • It was last active more than 6 months ago
  • There are zero answers
  • The question is not a migration away from dba.se (the system handles these)

The search query I am using is:

is:question closed:yes duplicate:no locked:yes answers:0 migrated:0 lastactive:...6m

This finds 148 questions at the time of writing. I review each one carefully before deleting. Can anyone think of any reason not to do this? Any other input?

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    My only input is to run it by the community team, to make sure they don't have any concerns. Otherwise, I am totally down with this. Don't mind helping either, so feel free to offload ;-)
    – jcolebrand Mod
    Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 17:08
  • @jcolebrand Very wise. I've asked in TL.
    – Paul White Mod
    Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 17:09
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    I wrote up an internal community request to do this automatically. However, due to time it will probably be a few weeks before this gets reviewed. Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 23:19
  • Now implemented; answer updated.
    – Paul White Mod
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 6:33

1 Answer 1


Since there were no objections, I have now completed this work manually.

Future rejected migrations will be handled (mostly) automatically.

Starting this coming weekend, these should be deleted automatically 30 days after being rejected.

Note that this logic will only delete a rejected, migrated question if it meets the following criteria:

  • Migrated from another site (and no moderator has cleared the migration history)
  • Not already deleted
  • Closed (but not as a duplicate)
  • Locked

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