My request is really an expansion on some meta-questions that have already been asked:
- Is it worth my time answering old posts?
- Is it worth posting an answer after answers have already been posted?
- Is it worth answering a question for which an answer has already been accepted?
However these questions don't really address what I am wondering. Specifically, I came across a three-year-old, security-related question which already had 22 (!) answers. I felt that none of those really provided the best advice on what to do in the situation posed by the asker.
So I provided my own answer, and waited, hoping perhaps foolishly for it to be recognised by the community as providing something valuable. Instead, it appears to have been largely ignored, I presume because there are already up-voted answers above it. Basically then, my complaint is that on questions which were previously highly trafficed, but now have little to no traffic, and where most answers have at least one up-vote, StackExchange values old, quite poor answers, to the detriment of newer, unverified but potentially better answers.
I would like people's ideas on how this could be improved.