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For instance, everything having to do with rep recalc that was posted more than a couple months ago is now irrelevant and hard to figure out - I needed to go to chat to find out that the whole thing was fixed. i searched on meta, but could not find the post about the changes.

Perhaps in this case we can close all questions tagged rep-recalc from before march of this year - but that may decrease the reputation of the askers unfairly.

Does anyone have any suggestions about how to implement this in a way that is scalable?

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Could a flag be added on Meta with a link to the change in how the system works? Perhaps the behavior could be simply to add a link to the blog post / question / whatever that points out why it's no longer relevant. I don't think it should be closed as exact duplicate, but a similar behavior could be applied. (It should not cause reputation to disappear, for instance.)

On the other hand, this is a very non-scalable way of fixing the problem.

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I probably should have marked this as discussion. (Tags changed!) I don't think it's a scalable solution, and if better ideas exist, they would be preferable. –  David Manheim Jun 22 '12 at 15:18
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Why not close the questions as "Too Localized"?

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, see the FAQ.

(emphasis mine)

If it's a question about a feature or issue that no longer exists, it's certainly not going to help any future visitors.

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That's true - but then those that find the question will not find the link to the information. This means they will find different, but non-closed information. It's better than nothing, but not a great solution. –  David Manheim Jun 22 '12 at 15:52
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