Linked Questions

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How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?

As the network ages and we have answers that are 7+ years old, we run into situations where changes in technology, etc. result in a once great answer becoming out-of-date, obsolete, or somewhat ...
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7answers
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Can we exempt downvoted accepted answers from getting the top spot?

Similar to this request but narrower, I'm suggesting we make a particular exception for downvoted accepted answers (those with score less than zero, or some other threshold like -3), so that they stay ...
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9answers
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Let's move some negatively scored answers from the top spot

Internally, we've been discussing how we can deal with obsolete or out-of-date answers. A few weeks ago, I requested some feedback on how to encourage edits to these types of answers, while I'm still ...
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11answers
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Do accepted answers still serve a useful purpose?

In the Stack Exchange voting system, we have two classes of votes: standard up / down votes that anyone can cast, and special accept votes that only the asker can. Although accepting an answer does ...
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5answers
691 views

Shouldn't the answer with more votes be above the accepted answer?

After reviewing this question... I'd like to make an argument for answers that have attained more votes than an accepted answer always be ranked above when answers are being sorted by votes (the ...
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3answers
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What does accepting an answer actually convey (2015 edition)?

From time immemorial, prominent placement for accepted answers has been baked into Stack Exchange. The reason is that, by accepting an answer, the OP is saying "I did that and it worked for me; I don'...
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2answers
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Small, unobtrusive indicator that the Accepted Answer is not the most upvoted

I find a lot of questions, especially on Stack Overflow, where the question was answered quickly and the solution may have worked for that person, satisfying the accepted answer criteria, but another ...
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3answers
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Will new users ever have a chance to top the leader boards?

Let's have some examples here: Suppose user A joins the site and helps out other people. Then, user B (neighbor) joins in and helps other people but also has another motive, which is to beat user A ...
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1answer
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The accepted answer concept is not useful for sites that are not about problem solving

Stack Overflow was the first SE site, and many mechanisms were designed for SO and not necessarily for all the different sites that came after it. The "accepted answer" concept is one of those ...
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2answers
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Do we avoid questions about current events that have a limited life?

RPG Stack Exchange, along with a few other older sites, have this bullet point in our on-topic FAQ: We don't want the information on our site to become obsolete, and so we try not to ask ...
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3answers
215 views

Keeping answers related to security up to date

A paper was recently published partly about Stack Overflow, specifically relating to how a number of the accepted answers in relation to Java security were out of date and even dangerous given recent ...
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3answers
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When the vote is wrong [duplicate]

What happens when crowd-sourcing fails utterly, that the technically incorrect answer gets up-voted while the technically correct answer is down-voted because is is unpopular. This is possible ...
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What is an appropriate way to indicate a previously asked question needs to be readdressed? [duplicate]

I'm about to use a specific example to highlight a general question I recently posted an answer to What to do with cross-site duplicates? That question was originally asked, and a best-answer chosen,...
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1answer
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What does SO do to keep old questions useful? Or: What does SO do to keep the best answers easy to find?

It's a theme of my StackOverflow sessions that I always end up speedreading old solutions to problems, which is great - I can learn a lot that way, it's basically how SO is used by everyone ever, cool ...
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3answers
176 views

“Dubious” button: unmark answer as accepted via voting

It is a no secret, that across Stack Exchange sites there are plenty of accepted answers, that are of dubious quality. They may answer to the question, but lack of something crucial. Some answers even ...

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