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Should outdated answers be voted down?

Some answers were correct at the time they were posted, but became outdated (quite often due to an API change.) Should those answers be downvoted?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, animuson, lunboks, Michael Mrozek, Mark Trapp Apr 10 '12 at 19:38

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Perhaps just leave a comment with that very explanation instead? –  Bart Apr 10 '12 at 19:25
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Why would you down-vote outdated answers? Why should the person who wrote the answer lose points just because the answer is old? –  Rocket Hazmat Apr 10 '12 at 19:39

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It would be better to edit such answers and update/correct them.

At the least, a comment that explains they are outdated (and why) would be warranted and at least allow the OP to update and correct it themselves.

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Not sure about that. I don't think you're supposed to change the actual content of an answer. –  lunboks Apr 10 '12 at 19:27
    
@lunboks - If it were not allowed, it would not be possible. –  Oded Apr 10 '12 at 19:27
    
Tons of things are possible and not allowed, like sockpuppet voting or vandalism. Updating stuff is more of a gray area IMO. –  lunboks Apr 10 '12 at 19:37
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@lunboks - Updating stuff was always one of the things that was allowed and wanted. Jeff always said that answers should become the best they could be and it doesn't matter if the OP did that or if they had help. –  Oded Apr 10 '12 at 19:38

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