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This question received a good answer, 4 years ago. Would it be acceptable to comment on the answer asking whether or not it's still applicable or whether a slightly modification of their given method would suffice? This would alert the person who answered the question without starting a new unnecessary question.

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Yes, that's what comments are for.

Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information.

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  • So the age of the answer is irrelevant?
    – Edge
    Mar 5, 2015 at 2:20
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    Yes. It might not be as helpful if OP is long gone, but future visitors can still answer.
    – bjb568
    Mar 5, 2015 at 2:31
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    It's been 17 minutes since this was last active. Is the answer still relevant?
    – ɥʇǝS
    Mar 5, 2015 at 2:49
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    @edge You can always tell if the OP is still active by looking at his profile. Mar 5, 2015 at 7:45

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