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My question concerns http://stackoverflow.com/questions/829468/how-to-perform-boostfilesystem-copy-file-with-overwrite. I asked the question, and at the time selected the correct answer. However, time passes and libraries get updated, and now a different answer is actually correct.

I should probably select this new answer as the correct answer, but I feel bad for the person that will lose 15 reputation points even though is answer was the a good answer at that given point in time.

Any suggestions?

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I should probably select this new answer as the correct answer, but I feel bad for the person that will lose 15 reputation points even though is answer was the a good answer at that given point in time.

The answer probably got plenty of upvotes already being an accepted answer. It's more important to follow up and select what you believe to be the correct answer.

Certainly more important than a few reputation points in the big scheme of things.

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I have seen this phenomena many times. Sometimes new questions are started, and in some cases that is good because, some of the upvotes in the old questions wouldn't be upvotes today.

A good example is the questions about an IDE for Scala:

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Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/47984/… –  Jonas Apr 27 '10 at 12:10
    
I think this works better for general questions, like in your example, than for focused questions about a small detail like in my case. –  Dani van der Meer Apr 28 '10 at 2:38

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