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Does an (old) answer that contains only a dead link deserve a downvote?

The answer in question has as its crux a link that is dead.

  • Not only is the link dead, but the entire answer is invalidated by the fact that Firefly is dead and shut down. – J. Steen Jan 12 '13 at 10:33
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    I have flagged it for moderator attention. Time will tell if it's declined or deemed helpful. – J. Steen Jan 12 '13 at 10:36
  • @J.Steen Regardless of whether your flag will be deemed helpful or not, this is the appropriate action in cases like this, so perhaps you'd like to post an answer here. – yannis Jan 12 '13 at 10:37
  • @J.Steen Even better :) – yannis Jan 12 '13 at 10:40
  • @Yannis Which, in turn, makes me decidedly hesitant about adding an answer. Lots perceive that kind of behaviour as dubious. ;) – J. Steen Jan 12 '13 at 10:46
  • @J.Steen (edit: sorry, accidently said @ Yannis) The question that you pointed to does not answer my question because: 1) I don't have the know-how to edit the Answer (knowledge on the subject matter); 2) I don't yet have the juice (reputation) to comment on it or flag it for removal. While I'm sure it won't be long before I do have the juice, in the mean time, meta.se seems to be the only outlet. – akTed Jan 12 '13 at 10:51
  • Then the answer to your question is simply to earn more reputation so you can use the available tools, or indeed note it on meta so others who do have the reputation can chip in. We are a community after all. =) – J. Steen Jan 12 '13 at 10:56
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    @J.Steen Thanks, I'm still learning the ropes, and just want to contribute in whatever ways I can, even when I'm not yet able to through normal channels like commenting and flagging. Invalid/obsolete answers in a great community like Stack Exchange are an eyesore. SE has so much SERP juice that even closed, unanswered questions are #1 in Google. – akTed Jan 12 '13 at 11:13

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