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 was a clever meta question, but it is obsolete for several reasons (talks about a retired badge, feature I can't identify in current SE implementation, and "hack" that no longer applies to anything).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"?


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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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