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How would I go about it? For example, I see a question asking "what is the fastest way to do x and y" and newer solutions have since become popular.

I do not want my question to be closed so I want to make sure I find out common practice first.

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See here meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21820/… for a solution – JoseK Dec 20 '10 at 9:34
    
That question is a bit different but perhaps you're pointing to this answer: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21820/… – Belmin Fernandez Dec 20 '10 at 15:56

If you are aware of "a faster way to do x and y", I recommend answering the old post with the new, faster ways you have discovered.

In other words, why not simply update the question yourself by answering it?

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Because sometimes the question has already been answered. And frankly, my goal is to get answers to questions and trying to revive a 2 year old question isn't going to do that :-/ – Belmin Fernandez Dec 21 '10 at 0:21
    
@nimmy then you could do both -- answer the old question with new, better info, and link the answer to the new question as well. That's the best of both worlds. – Jeff Atwood Dec 21 '10 at 0:50
    
that sounds reasonable to me. I like that. – Belmin Fernandez Dec 21 '10 at 1:24
    
@JeffAtwood And what about if we are looking an answer for a question that is clearly outdated ? Should we ask for update by commenting (ironically, like I'm doing right now), modify the question (saying what ?) or just re-ask the question on a separate thread ? – Heisennberg Oct 31 '13 at 8:17

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