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What to do about deprecated questions & answers?

I feel most answers on Stackoverflow are now outdated. Technology is moving at a lightning pace and I feel that there should be a better way to Archive existing questions.

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marked as duplicate by random Nov 28 '12 at 17:58

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Example of an outdated answer? – John Dibling Nov 28 '12 at 17:36
Your question does have some merit, if for no other reason than existing questions with obsolete answers will cause new questions asking for up-to-date answers to be closed as duplicates, and at present there isn't any good way to get attention for old questions with obsolete answers to solicit updates, except maybe for bounties. – Robert Harvey Nov 28 '12 at 17:41
You might want to make your question a bit more specific, however. What do you think an archive system would look like? How would it solve the problem of outdated questions? – Robert Harvey Nov 28 '12 at 17:46

SO is getting long in the tooth, with over four years of Q&A. Four years is prehistoric on the internet. Yes, some of those early questions are going to be outdated. There are three big ways that this can be mitigated:

  1. Add a new answer, with a more modern way to handle the problem.
  2. Add a comment to the out of date answer noting that it could be improved, and possibly linking to other questions/answers or outside resources to assist.
  3. If the thing that's out of date is small and easy to fix, it might not be inappropriate to simply edit an existing answer into correctness. This should be a last resort, as radical changes to existing answers tend to be frowned upon.

If you aren't in a position to offer alternate solutions, there are other ways to get updated answers to old questions:

  1. If you have enough reputation, you can offer a bounty. When creating the bounty, you'll have an option to pick a reason for the bounty. One of those reasons is "we need an updated answer."
  2. Ask in a relevant chat room. The residents may be able to either update the question, or point you towards other questions with more modern answers.
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This doesn't work if someone is coming to Stack Overflow from Google looking for a solution, and it's not there. Posting a comment doesn't bump the question to the front page. – Robert Harvey Nov 28 '12 at 17:43
This is true. As you've noted, outside of bounties there are few ways to draw attention to older questions outside of bumps. – Charles Nov 28 '12 at 17:52
I guess community wiki solves some of this but it requires a level of discipline. There are other questions that are not part of community wiki that need to be updated. Most general tendency of developers is to simply check the top answers. – CodeToGlory Nov 28 '12 at 18:42

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