Allow guide creators to unarchive their guides (with admin moderation)
I am making this suggestion since it's been something I have thought could be done for a while, with a few precautions.
Before I go any further, here are the precautions I think will work:
- Regardless of user reputation (an exception may be available for users who have seniority or moderator status), the removal must be approved by a moderator or staff member
- The request should be looked at by a moderator or staff member
- If the request is denied, the author should get details on why they were denied (ex: The guide is mostly finished, but it isn't done enough to approve it)
- Provide information on what it may take to get a request granted (ex: Find hardware to document)
With that out of the way, here's some more detail. I have a lot of older guides, and some of them are archived. While I'm not going to go through every single guide I have made to find links, I will provide one example.
Linux Laptop (2008-2012) is a good one - I made it in 2013 when I realized I went WAY over my ability at the time, and then abandoned it in ~3 months. After that I let it sit until 2014 when I hid it and flagged for deletion (to find it was archived before I got to it). This didn't happen, so I started work on it in 2015 (which took 1 year and 7 months to get to a point I'm happy with the text part). When I got to it, it was stagnant for ~5 years when I got to it, which meant it was going to be a difficult guide to resurrect.
While it is more or less finished, I cannot remove the archived guide flag from the guide. For the example guide, this would be a case I don't need this done right away, but I'd prefer to get it out of the way so I can move on from the text part. I can look into what I want to do for a laptop while it's there and deal with it at a later time. (I got a T420 for the guide, which is potentially part of the Lenovo spying because I found Lenovo Customer Experience 64 on it, which is part of the LSE issue. I need to double check and make sure my machine isn't affected). I already had to deal with the SMM bug, so these Lenovo busts that keep happening are disturbing, but not surprising.
If I could remove it with a moderator looking at it, this would mean I could get that done when I edit out the major problems and have it all done - it would speed the process up instead of the current method where I have to put it out there on Meta to get it done. All I have to do to get it done is flag it for archive removal and then have it granted or denied (with information as to why, as described earlier).
Is this a good question?