I am considering a hypothetical situation where the same question, when duplicated across a considerable time gap, will have a totally different answer.
For example in Linux, certain features are removed as new bettered ones are added. Like
ifconfig was removed in favor of
ip and many distros choosing
So, just because the question is identical, will it be flagged duplicate and closed?
If such a question is closed prematurely by a moderator what should I do to reopen the question?
What about the loss of reputation (maybe due to inattention or incompetence of moderators) in such cases?