A questions gets asked, it gets no answers, time passes, and OP no longer needs a solution …
Should we do something with such a question?
To clarify: This is not about cases like
- OP already found a solution but didn’t post an own answer; in that case the need is still there, a new recommendation could possibly make OP change software, get a better solution, etc.
- OP isn’t actively looking for a solution anymore (the need isn’t urgent); in that case a recommendation might "reactivate" the need
but about cases where OP explicitly mentions (e.g., in an edit to the question or in a comment) that there’s no need for it anymore.
Should we keep OP’s notice about this? If it’s in a comment, should we include it in the question? As some kind of disclaimer at the top?
Or should we remove the notice and treat this question like any other, although for this question the probability is higher that OP is no longer willing or able to answer questions in the comments (like "no idea what I needed a year ago!").
And/or, maybe, should we revamp the question? Possibly removing requirements for obscure features, accepting more operating systems, etc.? If yes, should the question become a community wiki in that case?
An example would be this question, where OP replied to my comment asking which operating systems are acceptable:
my need has passed, but actually I didn't care what OS, I would have used Windows, Linux or OSX
(note the past tense)