I think it's worth remembering that newbies like me can learn as much, if not more, about the values of the Perl Monks community from what that community hates as from what it likes.
A bad node is likely to prompt many replies explaining just why it is getting downvoted. After a week or so of reading, this sort of thing becomes obvious but in that first week, when newbies are at their newbiest, it can be very helpful.
On the other hand, it doesn't take a saint to realise that princepawn's wilder excesses were never going to win friends and influence people.
The bottom line is that, IMHO, even a bad node should have its educational value considered, and that although the Reaper doesn't render them inaccessible, making them less accessible might lead a newbie to overlook them.
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