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What to do when the correct answer to a question changes over time?

Say a question is asked/answered as per usual and after some long period (say 2-3 years) a change in technology or otherwise causes an answer that has less votes than the originally accepted answer to be more relevant (or correct) currently.

What is the expected procedure here? Should the original answer be down-voted? Should the question and its originally accepted answer be tagged somehow as irrelevant/redundant? Should the original question/answer be left and a new question (exactly the same) be asked to allow the answer/vote process to begin again?

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marked as duplicate by Michael Mrozek, Yannis, Mat, Shadow Wizard, Cody Gray Apr 23 '12 at 9:26

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Should the original answer be down-voted?

No, it should not. The answer was correct when the question was asked.

Should the question and its originally accepted answer be tagged somehow as irrelevant/redundant?

If the question were only relevant for the user asking it, the question should have been already closed as too localized. If you do tag as irrelevant questions that are 4 years old, then you should flag all the questions asked 4 years ago.

Should the original question/answer be left and a new question (exactly the same) be asked to allow the answer/vote process to begin again?

You should only ask a question if you have a problem to solve, not to ask the exactly same question that has been asked 4 years ago.
If the question doesn't contain any updated answer, then the right thing to do is to add a new answer that is updated for what the actual situation is.

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