Cross post from meta.so:
For context, this is the particular bit of content it seems people are upset about losing:
What do you say to people when they say that programming is not demanding?
Ask them if writing a small 100 page novel in English without a single spelling or grammatical error is mentally demanding.
Further explain to them that this novel is actually someone else's story that you have to write as they explain it to you.
That person only speaks Chinese (luckily you are bilingual), so you have to translate it from
Chinese to English as you go.
Then to top it off, the person isn't exactly sure what the story they want is, so they can only help you get it right by informing you when you have done it wrong from their vague descriptions.
You have to complete this in 3 days.
(In rare DailyWTF stories: Your boss insists on helping, despite being semi-illiterate)
Now is it demanding?
Written by: Dan McGrath
Is this interesting content?
Does this content make the Internet a better place?
Does this content belong on programmers.se?
That totally depends on the community running the site
Should we make engine level changes that make it impossible to remove content from a site?
No, I don't think so
The community and moderators should have the right to decide what content they think belongs on the site, for example:
What if the most awesome answer ever is posted on SO, it gets 100s of votes, but turns out to be off-topic. An example could be a question regarding employment law, with an answer by a prominent lawyer in the field. Great content, however, off topic.
Leaving content like that on SO, sets a bad example and sends a totally wrong message to people visiting the site. We have no place in the network for such content at the moment so we are stuck with the unfortunate task of deleting it.
I think the best way to solve this orphan great content issue, is to simply provide it in the data dump, perhaps include all deleted posts with more than X votes with in a "we have no home for this content" dump. Then others that feel like the content needs a new home can host a web site where it can thrive. As it stands 10k users on the respective sites can grab the content and host it elsewhere if they feel so strongly about it, provided the licensing terms are filled.