Following on from the now 2 year old question here:
As a new SO/SE user, frequently Googling & searching on SE sites for answers, what is the best approach to deal with the growing pile of inadequate/out-dated answers regarding topics, 2 more years growth, thousands more questions, lots of very bad "answers" due to out of dateness and general change in the world. How is a new user to address them? .. wait till i get enough rep to do actions of some consequence on the old questions? Ask new ones and hope I dont get told its a duplicate?
At this point in the age of SE, some clarification is going to be more crucial, as a new user I feel particularly frustrated with balancing the obligation to be a good SE member and stick to the policy of not re-asking questions already asked, and the desire to re-ask a question hoping for a "new" answer be it due to the old one being out of date or wrong.
@Mystical has provided a good response, unfortunately not as an answer, meaning I cant accept it as an answer.
In addition I have already done exactly what was suggested by Mystical, I linked to the previous question and stated that I feel the advice is not entirely applicable to new users arriving to a now 2 years older Stack Overflow, with even more old questions some of which are out of date by as much as 4 years now. When coming to a question via Google and finding it grossly out of date, what can a new user do.
If you have the power, edit the existing answer and update it. If you do not have edit privilege, write a new one and add a comment to the existing one, pointing to yours. Ask others to merge them.
Edit, if you can. If not, ask your own, link to the other question, explain why you ask again and ask a moderator, if he can merge the questions.
This doesn't help a new user without the power to edit anything. It pretty much hammers home the very reason I asked this. Am I really just stuck in the SE equivalent to the new Wikipedia user phase where your edits are automatically untrustworthy & get reverted by a bot. Because the usefulness of that approach has been demonstrated wonderfully in countless threads online discussing how new users give up Immediately when this happens to them on Wikipedia. I figure SE is a bit better than that.
How about some more of this Could we please be a bit nicer to new users? with regards to my question?
EDIT 2 Just realised that last line seems argumentative/antagonistic, its not meant to be, its just meant to highlight that I would like to see some of what was discussed in that link regarding approaches to new users, applied to my question here.