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How to deal with obsolete answers?
Should outdated answers be voted down?

Some answers were correct at the time they were posted, but became outdated (quite often due to an API change.) Should those answers be downvoted?

  • Perhaps just leave a comment with that very explanation instead?
    – Bart
    Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 19:25
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    Why would you down-vote outdated answers? Why should the person who wrote the answer lose points just because the answer is old?
    – gen_Eric
    Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 19:39

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It would be better to edit such answers and update/correct them.

At the least, a comment that explains they are outdated (and why) would be warranted and at least allow the OP to update and correct it themselves.

  • Not sure about that. I don't think you're supposed to change the actual content of an answer.
    – a cat
    Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 19:27
  • @lunboks - If it were not allowed, it would not be possible.
    – Oded
    Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 19:27
  • Tons of things are possible and not allowed, like sockpuppet voting or vandalism. Updating stuff is more of a gray area IMO.
    – a cat
    Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 19:37
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    @lunboks - Updating stuff was always one of the things that was allowed and wanted. Jeff always said that answers should become the best they could be and it doesn't matter if the OP did that or if they had help.
    – Oded
    Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 19:38

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