How come I can award badges to myself without meeting the requirements? was a clever meta question, but it is obsolete for several reasons (talks about a retired badge, feature I can't identify in current SE implementation, and "hack" that no longer applies to anything).

Should a question like this be closed?

If so should should a low-level user just flag it for moderator attention, or should the reasons to flag to close include something along the lines of "obsolete"?


Yes, questions like that should be closed with the following off-topic sub-reason:

The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the circumstances affecting the asker have rendered it obsolete. If you encounter a similar problem, please post a new question.

If you don't have the privilege to close-vote you can flag it with the same topic. That will send the question into the Close vote queue. If 5 members agree with your flag/close vote the question will be closed.

I did cast a close-vote on the question you choose as an example.


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