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How do we encourage edits to obsolete/out of date answers?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 result in a once great answer becoming out-of-date, obsolete, or somewhat ...
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Obsolete comment flags should notify the original commenter in advance of moderators

Simple enough: The OP is the best judge of whether the comment is obsolete, and has no particular incentive to be unscrupulous in leaving an old comment - and even if they did, chances are this ...
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Can we have a red/status tag for "obsolete"?

Given the changes that have been rolled out on Meta for the new close hold reasons, we've lost "too localized" here on meta. However, "too localized" has a genuine use on meta (which is part change ...
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Flagging obsolete comment conversations

I understand the purpose of the flagging obsolete comments, but by nature of the way that comments become obsolete, often short exchanges (or occasionally lengthy conversations) end up obsolete at ...
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What is a better way to mark answers as obsolete? [duplicate]

Answers sometimes become obsolete. New solutions arise that were not technically feasible at the time that the question was originally posed. People decide that the old way of doing things is no ...
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Should Stack Overflow/Exchange have a mechanism for marking obsolete questions?

I was viewing some old posts on Stack Overflow (two-year-old posts) and found that due to "fast technology trend changing," some of them are no longer valid. Stack Overflow (and the Stack Exchange ...
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Should outdated answers be voted down?

On Stack Overflow, there are many questions that relate to currently-developing technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3. The accepted answers to these questions may become outdated, and better answers may ...
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Practical approaches to obsolete answers

When this was last asked four years ago (How to deal with obsolete answers?) the gist of the responses was, "Trust the voting system: obsolete answers will be downvoted, and even if there is a marked ...
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What if the answers of a historical locked question become obsolete?

My understanding is that a question is historically locked because the information in it is too valuable for the question to be deleted. But if the "valuable information" becomes obsolete, what ...
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Should it be possible for a question to obsolete an earlier one?

This post today got me thinking about how to deal with obsolete answers. I feel that the solutions suggested to Mehrdad's question are not fully satisfactory: IMHO it is totally unfeasible to expect ...
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Obsolete Wikipedia quote in a question

Recently I happened to encounter a question on Stack Overflow that cited a part of a Wikipedia article. When I read the answers I found a contradiction between it and the Wikipedia quote. When I ...
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Obsolete flag handled automatically? [duplicate]

I just flagged a comment as "obsolete" in Recent feature changes to Stack Exchange. To my surprise, it was deleted immediately, just after pressing "Flag Comment". Now I see it in my flag summary as ...
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Links to old Google product forums are broken

TL;DR: 3,332 posts from multiple communities have links to productforums.google.com. Source. Apparently all these links are "broken" (they are redirected to the homepage of a community ...
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Edit old answer and obsolete methods

At Stack Overflow I tried to edit an answer because the suggested methods are now obsolete. So I added a warning and the related references. The edit has been rejected with the following motivation: "...
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Edit to someone else's obsolete answer rejected

I recently suggested this edit, which was rejected: https://stackoverflow.com/review/suggested-edits/1838028 Background information: The edit brings up-to-date an obsolete answer to a question about ...
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Will Stack Overflow succumb to information and content rot?

When googling for information on how to do things, I often have to find my way among tons of garbage. There are two kinds of it: stupid sites and forums for wannabes (especially for ASP and ASP.NET, ...
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FAQ not mentioning allowance of one question per 6 months during question ban?

As the FAQ is currently written, the only way to lift a post ban is by fixing your existing posts - including deleted ones. However, various users - mostly high rep users on MSE - claims that you're ...
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What to do when question became irrelevant/resolved itself?

What should be done if a question is no longer of any value for the original asker and probably neither for anyone else? For example this question was about a command not working which turned out to ...
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Appropriate custom close reason for unanswered questions about deprecated server API

Within Facebook API, the REST API has been deprecated. Previously it was possible to clear out the unanswered list by closing these questions as "too localized". With the new close options, I am ...
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How can the policy regarding incorrect obsolete answers be improved?

Programming languages and environments change rapidly, and SO answers may quickly become obsolete and incorrect. Is there a clear policy on dealing with such answers by others, so that users landing ...
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Is it more appropriate to add a new answer or edit the best answer to add new information?

Suppose a new API feature is added to Java which makes a task much easier. The originally-accepted answer has more than 100 upvotes and is still correct, but it makes no mention of the new feature, ...
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Should custom close-voting comments be flagged as obsolete if the question is reopened?

The question What's the purpose of “This page is intentionally left blank” we see in books? was initially closed as off-topic, and there was a comment explaining why. This comment got many upvotes. ...
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Q&A with accurate info, but it has become obsolete

Sometimes I run into answers that may have been correct at the time of answer, but could be wrong today. I ran into this more obvious post today, Mono on the iPhone? which says "there is no way to ...
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Tag relevance for older questions

I came across this very popular question (48k views) that was asked back in 2010. Having done some prior reading on the IETF spec for the WebSocket Protocol, I could tell that the question, and the ...
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If I modify an old, unanswered question, why can't I modify the irrelevant comments?

On Stack Overflow I needed to modify an old, unanswered question with new content, rather than start a new question. However, there are four or five old comments that pertain to old content. Shouldn'...
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your old upvoted/accepted answers, what to do about them? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to deal with obsolete answers? This was already asked from question poster's side, but what about answer posters side? I've have had recently received down-votes on ...
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Comment owner should be notified if comment is flagged as obsolete (not otherwise) [duplicate]

Frequently, I suggest a post author to make a particular change. The author makes the change, then notified me in a comment to inform me. I delete my comment (which is now obsolete) and flag the ...
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Duplication by an old post with obsolete tag

There's an old and currently obsolete tag mobile-web (if used for non-chat questions). It so happened that current site behavior (responsive design) works the same as for an old mobile site. Should we ...
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Should it be possible to flag questions to be closed as obsolete?

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 ...
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Does flagging a comment count badly against the author? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do comment voting and flagging work? I really like that I can flag a comment as obsolete. It really helps clean up things that are turned irrelevant, like suggestions to ...
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Evolving Subject Q&As are outdated

Note: This was originally posted about apple.stackexchange, but applies more broadly to any technology or evolving topic. It appears that because Apple changes a lot in each release of Xcode/iOS/...
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What do with those answers?

There was a question "How to deal with obsolete answers?" The most popular answer to it says that obsolete answers should be deleted or updated. Here is a question asked at SO. Its accepted answer ...
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How do I reopen a question with has an accepted answer that is obsolete or broken? [duplicate]

There are questions which have accepted answers but the answers are either irrelevant to the present day context (though the question is still relevant) or link to web pages that no longer exist. ...
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Do obsolete flags on comments require a moderator action or are they automatic? [duplicate]

When flagging a comment as obsolete, is it required that a moderator actually reviews the flag to take action on it, or after a certain number of similar flags is the comment automatically removed (...
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Allow me to flag my own comments as obsolete

note: this is not a dupe of this - that one regards flagging ones comments as offensive because they were in 'a bad mood' when writing them. This request is about flagging my own comments as obsolete. ...
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Is badge request obsolete?

Is the badge request tag obsolete? I saw this because of this question: Additional Badge Ideas In fact, during a second glance, I noticed theres a commenting already mention the same thing I am ...
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How many Obsolete votes until a comment is removed? [duplicate]

I regularly flag comments as Obsolete, for example if they are pointing out a mistake in the post which has since been corrected. I think cleaning up obsolete comments is a beautiful thing, and many ...
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Question does not belong to SO but has been answered on SO, what to do with the answer?

One of the first (naive) questions I posted on SO actually belongs to Super User: I wanted to ship the question over there despite it being already answered on SO; it received more upvotes than ...
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Making a significant improvement to an answer already accepted or upvoted, where to put update? [duplicate]

This would be a person making an edit to that's person's own prior answer that makes a significant improvement. Say it's an algorithm improvement that reduces time complexity (such as from O(log(n)) ...
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Let's make it easier to delete obsolete comments!

Sometimes, I see a comment thread (several comments) that could better be deleted, but users cannot do that atomically. For example: Question by user1234: How can I foo my bar? Blah Blah... Blah Blah ...
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