(There's a TL;DR at the end.)
I'm currently having an issue over on Arqade. In theory, Stack Exchange should be a place to trade expertise over subjects, however, I've been noticing people without any knowledge of the matter in question overruling most questions.
League of Legends is a multiplayer game, which can only be played online. It suffers scheduled patches every two weeks, and some features are changed to balance / introduce new features. The current version is extremely different from versions that came out a while ago. While it is similar to Minecraft in those aspects, it differs in that League of Legends can only be played on the latest version, while Minecraft can be played in all existing versions.
In How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers? it was suggested that a special close reason for answers that are outdated could be added, and it was massively upvoted (245 on the question, 117 on the top Answer). Similar issues were raised in Can we have a red/status tag for “obsolete”? and How to deal with obsolete answers?.
Similarly, the same was done in Arqade's Meta, in What should be done with out of version questions?, the accepted consensus was that questions that was outdated should stay, because they can be relevant for players in older patches, and that dead content is interesting. This however is misleading for games where dead content stays dead, and new users can easily be misled by a question from 2012, and deeming the website as a bad source.
In How should we deal with out of date questions/answers? and What do you do with questions where the correct answer has changed after a game update?, essentially dictate that you should simply change the answer in order to fit the current game. This however is problematic as well, due to the vast majority of users not having a lot of reputation points. I, for example, was rearing 1,000 reputation points on Arqade. Currently I'm seating in the low 900s because I had to downvote some HIGHLY voted questions/answers, which barely did nothing but hurt my reputation points, and didn't even give any attention to the question/answer at hand.
I then posted a meta discussion regarding having a vote to close, specifically tailored for cases where the game is unplayable in older versions, and that questions that became obsolete should be closed in order to aid new users, or flagging as off-topic. However it is in the process of being closed for being a duplicate.
I then posted an example question of how a similar question (using the exact same words) is different from a question from four years ago, and, once again, it's being marked as a duplicate (my 2016 question vs 2012 question). While the name of the character and the game mechanic is the absolute same, the character itself suffered a major reword, and not a single of the character's mechanics is still the same, and as such, in order with what was defined on Meta and in rules:
- The previous question could not be edited, the previous question referred to a character who could do X. This new question refers to a Character who can do Y. The 'X' character no longer exists. As such, editing would be not only pointless due to a four-year-old question not having any activity, but it also would be changing too much of the original poster's question, as the question is regarding a character who does X, while I'd have to edit it to be about the character who does Y.
Interestingly enough, the people who are downvoting and flagging are users such as:
- This 101 rep user
- This user without any League of Legends Questions/Answers
- This other user without any LOL questions/answers
- And Another
- Care to take a wild guess?
@Oak The last time this was discussed, the result was that common sense has no place in Arqade. Unfortunately, nothing has changed.
According to This other Meta user on the same Question:
Yes, we have an issue with outdated questions. The current solution we have is to bounty them. Which, if you want an updated answer to a question, you can do. Heck, it's one of the bounty reasons!
To which I replied:
Which is really only useful is a) The original asker is still active, and b) if the question itself is still valid
No, you don't need the original asker to place a bounty; anyone can place a bounty on it. The second point, though, we have issues with. I'd personally like to delete all the outdated ones, but we've gone with, "Only mods can do it, so it's not feasible". So they stay
To which I said:
Precisely. On b) only moderators can do it, hence why I proposed this change/discussion. On a), while everyone can award a bounty, the answer really won't have much exposure if there's already a previously highly voted answer, which is now outdated/flat out wrong.
It's ridiculous because this is a serious issue which is being eclipsed by users with no proven knowledge in the area at hand, where users whose most used tags are Skyrim by a landslide, which is a game that can be played on any version the user wants to.
What can actually be done to prevent users with no knowledge from vetoing a relevant topic for areas out of their expertise?
Essentially, users with no experience in the affected tags are closing and vetoing discussions regarding that tag, due to being /similar/ to what a duplicate could be, despite the subject of the question being different. Due to the possible issues with having 'fake-dupes', several different suggestions were made regarding changing the community's VTC motives, which were downvoted and marked as duplicates of one another, while only allowing "let them stay" answers, who didn't take into account games were old questions would be off-topic nowadays, and could lead users in error