Imagine there's a question.

And there is an answer - a correct one, getting upvotes.

OP edits his question, because he forgot to specify a detail which now renders the answer incorrect. OP also points out his edit in the answer's comments.

There is a second answer. A correct one, accepted, didn't get a single upvote.

In the end, there's a question with a correct and accepted answer, and an incorrect, but upvoted one. Everything seems fine, I am just curious about what to do now? Is it ok to downvote the previously correct answer? Should I edit it (after some time, ofc) to point out that it is no longer true so it won't confuse anyone? Should I leave it to its own life?


Downvoting an answer which was given in good faith and answered the question as originally written is harsh. It's the OP's fault for not being clear, not the answerer's. That said, leave a comment explaining it and give them time to update their answer.

If the edit significantly changed the scope of the question and would've required a non-trivial effort on the answerer's part to update, then rollback the edit and ask the OP to post a new question.

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  • That's what I wanted to hear. Read. Whatever. Thanks! – Petr Janeček May 1 '12 at 23:59
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    @Slanec, another solution is to edit the answer to add a warning that it was for a previous version of the question. Leaving it just in a comment is risky, as people may not read it. – Benjol May 2 '12 at 5:49

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