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I've been a user for a few months now (mostly an answerer), and every once in awhile I get a notification that says a user has commented on an "old" answer (where old is > 2 months old). It's usually a follow-up question about the code, or perhaps the asker has added some things and now it isn't working like the simple example I provided.

(For a recent example, check this post out)

I'd like to help the asker out (after all, that's what I come to the site for), but I feel like the discussion does not belong in the comments of the answer.

So my question is, am I on the the hook for all of my answers? If so, for how long? It seems like the best thing for an asker that's having problems with an answer that's been accepted to do is post a new question. Is this the right attitude?

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I'd say you can carry on as long as you want. You are under no obligation to answer the new request. – ChrisF Mar 11 '11 at 13:05
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+1 for providing an actual example, which I wish more meta posts did.

I would only answer / follow up on old comments on a post if I felt they were offering improvements (or an idea for improvement) to the post itself. Continually improving posts in tiny ways is what we're all about!

In this case, it's sort of a random "what if" followup, not anything that would fundamentally improve your original answer.

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Thanks! That makes a lot of sense. – Andrew Whitaker Mar 11 '11 at 13:41
Good to hear. Super new user here, and I've been taking a mental note on some questions that I feel I'd like to incrementally add to as some of the questions are fairly old. > 6 months. – akapurdy Feb 11 '14 at 13:28

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