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Lower reputation requirement for "reopen" privilege [duplicate]

Some questions are closed by mistake and the current procedure for reopening is very... uhm... bureaucratic. Take a look at this question for example. We have 170 upvotes (the question clearly has ...
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Should outdated "Related" questions be edited to address the overarching problem? [duplicate]

I mainly contribute to ProWebmasters - Google changes all the time and I and notice a ton of questions that the correct answer to which is no longer relevant. I come across a ton of very old "...
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Can old questions and unaccepted answers be 'cleared' when the OP has been AWOL for several years?

Can't old questions with no accepted answers be 'cleared' when it is obvious there was an acceptable answer? Speaking specifically about the OP's negligence of accepting an answer, or a comment was ...
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In flagging dialog, IF "too old to migrate" THEN remove the tip "... or belongs on another Stack Exchange site"

I spotted a question which I think clearly belongs on another site. I tried to flag that, and one of the options was "needs improvement", which includes the situation where "This ...
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Why should someone edit questions from years (3 to 7 years ago, for example)? [duplicate]

What is the use/help to others in editing questions already answered years ago? It is happening on a Stack Exchange site, where a user is editing questions with accepted answers from 2015 or even ...
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Strategy for old technical questions having obsolete answers [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of old questions with great old answers which are up for new answers as technology has evolved. One such example would be of answers on Android development. A lot has changed since ...
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How should pronoun-only edits be handled?

Currently there are multiple posts on main page bumped up by edit saying My pronouns are He / Him I just answered on one of them before looking at the date it was asked - no changes since 2015 ...
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Add warning/notice about responding to a long-dead discussion

Occasionally, I get notifications about a comment response, and it seems someone has noticed some question or answer from 3, 5, 10 years ago, and decided to join the "lively" discussion without ...
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Moderation for extremely high view count questions

There are many questions asked when stack first begun becoming popular, which deal with somewhat "fundamental" features of a popular language, library or development environment. The problem with any ...
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Should I downvote an answer (no added value) posted on an already well answered questions?

I have noticed that users answer questions that are very old (example, 10 years old) with an answer that is basically the same thing as the accepted answer. There are users from 2018 answering these ...
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How should I treat an old, active question I no longer need answered?

Possible duplicate of: Should I close a question now I have moved jobs and can no longer verify answers? The question: IllegalStateException - @ComponentScanning a springframework package I asked a ...
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Finding recent information

Just now, I was looking at drill-down on Android. So I googled "drill down android site:stackoverflow.com". The top hits were this and this, both from 2010. The next one was this from 2014. After that,...
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Old answers being downvoted because the solution doesn't apply anymore

Our field is pretty dynamic and things are constantly in change. What the "right way" was to fix a problem in 2009 is completely wrong today. For example, a recipe to install Ruby on Mac OS X from ...
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Should I delete some of my old, downvoted questions - having low-positive-vote answers?

I have a couple of questions with a negative (say, -4 or -5) vote score which, with the passage of time and the arrival of wisdom (or apathy perhaps) I no longer feel I should have asked to begin with,...
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How do I attract attention to a new answer to an old question? [duplicate]

I've answered a question asked several years ago, and my answer is half-contradictory of the accepted answer (which I believe overlooked many things). Not much time has passed yet, but let's assume ...
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If there is an old question and I have something to add how should I go about it?

In this case I am talking about this feature request on MSE. The feature request was last active 2 years ago and 610 people have seen it. I think that this question had too small an impact and I ...
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What are the odds of SE implementing an old feature request and what can be done to improve those odds? [duplicate]

I am full of great ideas. Well, OK, full of ideas, some of which might be great. If you squint hard enough. I frequently think up feature requests for SE, because I'm a frequent user. Sometimes, I ...
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How to get a new answer for an old question [duplicate]

Seems like this question should have already been asked on Meta, but I could not find it. What should we do when the situation changes for an old question that already has an accepted answer? is ...
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Asking for updated answer when original question no longer meets requirements

On Stack Overflow I came across this question which I don't believe would meet the current question requirements, I think it's too broad and off topic. My issue is that I'd like to get an updated ...
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Should the accepted answerer also be able to change the accepted answer?

Probably one of the largest problems I regularly see with the Stack Exchange model is that most people asking questions don't really understand how the system works. Often questions never get an ...
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Have the Dialectical Differences shortcoming been fixed in SE's Search Engine?

Basically, it's where differences in spelling, such as letters chosen or diacritics used, are treated as different queries by the Stack Exchange search engine, even if the queries are otherwise ...
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Why are the authors of comments on very old meta posts not clickable? [duplicate]

Houston, we (The Taverners) faced a problem today, revisiting this post on meta.SO: What's the joke in the Stack Overflow 404 page code? The accounts of none of the posters has been removed. Yet . ...
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"Bouncing" an old question of other user - not enough reputation to comment

I'm new to Stack Overflow (only read till now, that's first time I join to ask), so please correct me if that's not the suitable place to ask this (from what I saw it's the closest to suit). I ...
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Filter out old questions? [duplicate]

I was just looking for whether StackOverflow can be localized somehow or what the current state of development is regarding this topic. But it is difficult to find anything because I get lots of old ...
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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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'Prepare for Archive' review queue

This feature request is prompted by two recent Meta.Chem.SE posts, dealing with old 'Welcome!' comments left on new posts and with explicit "EDIT:" notations added to questions and answers when edits ...
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How to handle a question when the given answer is no longer correct?

I occasionally come across a question asking "How do I X in Y?" from several years ago, where the answer marked correct was "You can't, because Y does not have feature X". However, that was a long ...
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I can't tell if an answer to my old question is correct

More than two years ago, I've made this programming question on SO. I was struggling with that at work, and didn't know what to do. Yesterday, it got a new answer. I don't work in that company ...
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Commenting on a 4 year old question to ask for its current validity?

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 ...
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Close voting and comments that challenge consistency [duplicate]

When I vote to close a question and leave an explanation, a common response is Here are dozens of older questions that meet the same criteria. Why don't you close all of those? Should I respond to ...
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Downvote on outdated answers - desired or counterproductive?

On this question: Is there a legal way to get D&D 5e core rulebook PDFs? After the OP added a bounty, I noticed the accepted answer was out of date. I decided to edit that in as a note at the top ...
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View activity history of a question

Is it possible to add a history view to a question, one that lists all edits (including delete actions if delete contents cannot be displayed), comments, answers in a list, sorted on datetime? Take ...
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Is there a way to promote a brand new answer to an old question crowded with many outdated answers?

I'm talking about very good and old questions (5 years, 80 000 views) with many answers (good and bad ones) but no perfect answer you know. Ok, nothing special for now. But... Time goes by and ...
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Accepted answer random queue

As a relatively new user here, on my "home" site of Judaism.se there are about 8000+ questions that preceded my arrival there. Sometimes I see questions that pique my interests in the related question ...
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What should be done with answers that are off topic for the site but on topic for the (old) question?

I came up with this question due to a first post review to which I didn't really know how to handle exactly. I had to review an answer to an old question that would (most likely) be off topic with ...
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Highly-viewed question closed as not constructive after 2 years [duplicate]

I asked this question, https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3752988/gcc-vs-ms-c-compiler (10k-only link), Sep 10th, 2010. It was closed Oct 23rd, 2012. How can it be closed two years after the fact? Is ...
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Why in the World has a Question on Algorithmic Trading Not Been Deleted Yet? [closed]

I just came across "What technical skills needed for algorithmic trading, HFT, etc?" and immediately voted to delete. But that begs the question - why is this question from 2009 still here? Can we ...
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Highly upvoted old questions would be closed immediately if asked today.

I know it was asked many times here and the historical significance should be taken into account in dealing with those questions: some highly upvoted old questions would be closed immediately if asked ...
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Etiquette, rules, or advice on which site to pose a question? (Or, why are there so many StackExchange sites?)

Basically: I have a question I want to ask regarding using Apple's AppleScript/Objective-C bridge (Objective C wrapped in AppleScript, basically) to implement an HTML/WebKit-based pager (a drop-in for ...
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How to flag historic off topic questions

I just came across this question which is primarily opinion based, which doesn't fit with the current standards of questions on SO. I understand that this has historic significance, it has some good ...
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How do we handle an answer that is no longer accurate? [duplicate]

I'm referring to this question here: What does it mean to hydrate an object? At the time this question was answered, back in 2011, the term "Hydration" was new. It is still very young now even, but ...
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Community-wikify old question (now irrelevant for me)?

Approximately one year ago I asked a question. This question is not relevant for me anymore since I've stopped using that specific technology. Since I don't know what to do with this question I'll ...
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What to do with questions which have invalid answers after the update?

I was going to use, as an example, this question/answer about where the privileges link lives. Since I've just mentioned it in another question, Anna Lear has edited it to be correct. The question ...
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Post your already posted question? [duplicate]

Suppose you ask a question in SO regarding an issue with appropriate tags to it, but you find out that there are not many people addressing your question and you are still struggling with it. New ...
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How to treat old locked questions containing outdated information?

Suppose an old closed question has an historical lock on it, making impossible to vote/comment/flag on any post. What should we do if such questions have a high visibility but contains some outdated ...
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Are these answers useful?

I realize this is a really old question which may require moderator's attention. I suggest we lock it or close it as new answers show up which in my opinion seem a bit useless. I am specifically ...
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What's the policy for editing old questions which do not comply with newer restrictions?

I was retagging this question Time tracking for Redmine? as per Burninate [tracking]? The question contains this link http://server/projects/12/timelog/edit which apparently is now invalid in a ...
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Who will peer review my edit on a post that's three years old?

I suggested an edit on three years old post. Who will peer review it? Why can't I just change a -s to a -u? That's a pretty critical change despite not being 6 characters. Why can't I ask a question ...
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Old questions closing guidelines [duplicate]

Recently I get a lot of 2-year or older posts in Close Votes review queue. We all saw those legacy questions which would be closed in 10 seconds and get downvotes nowadays (primarily opinion-based or ...
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Closing old questions that didn't show enough effort but were answered?

In the review queue there are often old questions with the proposed close reason: Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted ...
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