Got a notification of a new comment on my answer to this question.
The commenter criticized the answer because it was basically link-only. I'd all but forgotten I had answered this question because I answered the question almost three years ago.
The linked information really didn't help the question asker, and he politely said so at the time. It got a downvote as well (not recently). I tried to help, and it ended up not being helpful.
So this leaves me with a bunch of actions, which either don't benefit the community or don't benefit my standing in the community:
- Delete my answer. The system doesn't like me deleting answers, so doing so would hurt me.
- Add the linked information. Pointless, because the linked information wasn't helpful to begin with.
- Do nothing. Everyone henceforth gets to see why my answer was sub-par.
Why are people applying 2012 standards to 2009 answers? It's a bit like my 12th-grade English teacher digging up a paper I wrote in 9th grade -- one that wasn't really good to begin with -- and asking me to change the way I formatted the footnotes. What's more, I can't throw away the old paper, because my grade today depends on me keeping it.
Is there a better way to handle this? I mean, I've learned to use the site better with time just like everyone else. Why are people asking me to clean up these ancient answers?