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Reviving old questions [duplicate]

Is it frowned upon to revive old questions if it's not that important? I keep finding really old questions that I could answer, but most of the time my answer is rather trivial and it feels silly to ...
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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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Does it make sense to answer old questions?

I always wonder if I read questions and nobody ever focused on one special point - I constantly think if it is worth the time to answer them. They usually do not get any upvotes no matter how good ...
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How can I ask for a clarification in an old question?

How can I ask a clarification of a part of an old question that I don't understand? For example: I was reading this question Best way to code Achievements system But, in the middle of the ...
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Delete past questions with accepted answer or more upvotes

There should be a provision for deleting old questions. When trying to delete some questions this error message shows up. Sorry, this question cannot be deleted: too many existing answers, or ...
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On the recent deletion discussion process

Recently, we had a pretty heated series of discussions about the deletion of old questions that are informative, but would be tossed aside if they were asked today. From this, several software changes ...
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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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How to “bump” a question that's the same as the one you wanted to ask [duplicate]

I wanted to ask a question about Hibernate and polymorphism, and before asking it I searched on Google, and lo and behold, there was already a question on SO about it. It's three weeks old and has ...
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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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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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Random question button

Wikipedia has a "Random article" link on the front page that makes it easy for people to start exploring. It would be interesting to have something similar for Stack Overflow, perhaps with an ...
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Avoiding asking a question that's already been asked [duplicate]

Someone else has already asked a question about the exact same problem that I am having. Unfortunately, the question does not have an answer yet. Follow-on questions to the original poster have gone ...
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Add a message when posting to old questions with more than N answers

On Software Engineering I've been adding a message along these lines to old(ish) questions that have enough answers to be CW if they start getting new answers. Please read all of the existing ...
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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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What should I do if I want more clarifications about an answer posted on an old question?

If I want to be clarified about an answer given (and accepted as well) but the question is pretty old (ex: this answer in 2009), would commenting on the answer work? Or is it OK to ask a new question ...
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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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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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Get attention to a new answer to an old question [duplicate]

It happened to me that I found a solution to an older question. This question was commented by many people with comments like "very interesting, important, ..." such that I thought that my answer has ...
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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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Way to know when a question was auto bumped even after it was changed

When old question without accepted answer is auto bumped to front page, we see it as edited by "Community" user - all good. However, once there is other activity in the question - new answer or edit, ...
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Automatic visual indication of old questions

Should there be a better, more noticeable visual indication that a question is old? I know that the question will have the post date on it, but many many users either don't notice the post date or ...
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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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Disposing of old questions that are now off-topic [closed]

There are a few old questions (often very popular) which are now deemed to be off-topic by community consensus. For example, questions "What are the hidden features of X?", "What are the strangest ...
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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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Who's pushing old questions to the front? [duplicate]

Consider Connect Linux to two networks simultaneously - it's from mid January, it has one answer + some comments. The last obvious action is from Jan 19. Who's pushing that question to the front page?
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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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Can I re-ask a question if it hasn't been answered? [duplicate]

So I notice that some questions simply go unanswered. Due to the volume of questions asked, sometimes these questions go away from the front page fairly quickly, and then they are never seen or heard ...
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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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Declined Flag on Answer of Old, Closed Question

I came across c#.net convert date yyyyMMdd to system.datetime format.? while performing a Google search on a related topic. The question was closed as a duplicate two years ago. Still, it is ...
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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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Unanswered questions which author don't care about, vote for deletion?

Sometimes I run into questions that are unanswered and the author seem to just ignore the question. Let say author asked the question in sep 2009. In dec 2010 someone comment for completion, without ...
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How should I go about cleaning a particular tag to make it useful for the community?

May be this is not such a good idea but I would like to give it a try. I guess there is no harm in trying it. I try to answer Stack Overflow questions tagged under ssis. If I don't know about what ...
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Please discourage flags on old questions and answers [duplicate]

The flagged posts tool is frequently cluttered with Not an answer or Low quality flags on questions and answers from 2008 and 2009; I've recently counted 17 and 13 such flagged questions or answers ...
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Migrating old SO questions to Programmers [duplicate]

I've found a fair number of old questions that obviously now belong on Programmers. However, simply voting to close doesn't seem to be doing the trick. Because they are old, no one is looking, and the ...