There is this question in that was originally posted on Stack Overflow but got migrated.

The thing is, the user doesn't appear to exist or has been banned. It seems to me that the post will not benefit him since he doesn't exist.

Should we close the question, or let it languish and not pay further attention?

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    \$\begingroup\$ minor addendum to the technical side note in rolfl's excellent answer: When a question is migrated to a site where the owner doesn't have a profile, a stub is created. When the user later signs up for the target site, they automatically claim that profile stub and get all the goodies coming with it :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Vogel612
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ They thought of everything ! \$\endgroup\$
    – Benoît P
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ Another comment on this, the user has, in fact, joined Code Review now ;-) \$\endgroup\$
    – rolfl
    Feb 26, 2019 at 23:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ Related: codereview.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1640/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Jamal Mod
    Feb 27, 2019 at 3:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ Obviously, if it is of general interest, don't close it. If it looks like it would only benefit the OP, then by all means, close it. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 1, 2019 at 17:03

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No, we should not close it just because the user has not joined Code Review.

If the question is on-topic, it should be treated just like any other question. Note that questions, answers, reviews are not only for the benefit of the question asker, but also for any other people that follow along.

On the technical side, the user has not signed up to Code Review, but they are a real user: https://stackoverflow.com/users/10219840/omar-kahol and are not banned, or anything.

So, you ask: "Should we close the question, should we let it languish and not pay attention" ... and the answer is "neither". We should review the code if we're inspired to, and vote, comment, etc. as needed.

If the user signs up to Code Review this question will be automatically attached to their account when they do.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Ok, I didn't know it worked that way... Thank you \$\endgroup\$
    – Benoît P
    Feb 26, 2019 at 22:04

Absolutely not: the StackExchange sites are not about individual users but communities. That is, a question should never be useful only to the original poster, but to the whole community.

As such, it is irrelevant who asks a question. Only the quality and appropriateness of the question should determine whether it is upvoted, downvoted, closed, and so on.


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