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How about making it possible to set up bounty on someone else's question?

My sad story: few months ago I was looking for a solution to my problem and was about to ask a question on Stack Overflow when I found an already existing question with slightly different wording. ...
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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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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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Is “Too old to migrate” a good reason NOT to migrate? [duplicate]

I flagged this question: Tetris-ing an array with a note: Should this not be moved to codegolf? It is that type of question... And I got the response: declined - Too old to migrate. What does ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I flag old questions?

After reading of: Should I vote to close old questions? I wonder if the answer also applies to flagging of old questions. I have the subjective feeling the longer the time between the question and ...
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New “Hidden Features” questions: Coincidence, Copycat or Sock Puppet?

See the following two questions: Hidden features of classic asp Hidden features of x86 assembly Truthfully, I'm not here to make accusations, the title was just a cheap reader hook. Still, I'd like ...
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What to do about old orphaned questions?

There are a steadily growing number of questions which have perfectly reasonable answers which appear to have been orphaned in that the original asker is either: No longer using the site No longer ...
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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 we migrate old questions?

I just read this question on superuser.com: "How do I disable beeping in the Windows console?" The first answerer pointed out that the question has been well-answered on stackoverflow.com. Except ......
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will anybody see my new answer to an old question?

Few minutes ago I Needed to do something, googled and found the exact question on SO question, but with an unperfect answer; googling more, I found the solution, and went back to insert my own answer (...
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Should we automatically protect questions that are at least a certain age?

I came across a question on serverfault today that is about 18 months old. The reason I found it is that a 1 rep user had just added an answer. I didn't notice the date at first, and added my own ...
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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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Questions with once good answers that are now out of date and need updates

What is the endorsed way of requesting updated answers to an old question? Say I'd like to know the best GUI application for some command line tool. Of course this question already exists and has an ...
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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 ...
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Should answers to old questions get more (or less) reputation points?

Imagine you'd gain additional rep points for answering old (unanswered) questions. For instance one of these models: 1 additional rep point if the question is older than 3 month 1 additional rep ...
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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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What to do with obsolete posts? [duplicate]

I've just run into this question asked in 2008. It has an accepted answer, which was good until 2009 when namespaces were introduced into PHP 5.3. But since 2010 it is no more correct, see my reaction....
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No migration path for year old plus questions except for mods and 20k users

Recently, this question was migrated from Stack Overflow to Programmers SE. What was the point of migrating it? It was asked in October 2008 It already has 44 answers These types of migrations are ...
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“I know this question is like two years old but…”

While my code is compiling, I usually like to go through some reviewing and especially the late answers. What I do see a lot in answers to old questions is the self-defense mechanism "I know this ...
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Asking a previous question again. Isn't it useful?

It seems to me that asking a question that had been previously asked isn't very welcome in forums like stackoverflow. The logic behind this is clear: DRY (don't repeat yourself). In general I agree to ...
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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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How can we prevent non-optimal answers from being “cemented” to popular and mature questions?

I originally posted this question on the Philosophy.SE Meta site, but someone recommended that I post it here instead to get a more varied set of responses from experienced users. I'm aware that it's ...
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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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Is it okay to fix my old questions?

I want to go through my old questions to fix the content and formatting (autonecroediting?). Most of them are badly phrased and annoying to read, but they might be useful to someone down the line. ...
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How to get attention required to close old posts?

For various reasons and in various ways, I sometimes wander around looking for old questions to close. (Think of me as the night janitor.) For example, a related question might come up in the list on ...
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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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Should I re-ask an old question if the answer(s) aren't acceptable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can I re-ask a question if it hasn’t been answered? How can new users get old unresolved questions answered? What if my question is technically a duplicate, but the ...
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Is it worth my time answering old posts?

I have answered some old-unanswered questions, but is it beneficial to Stack Overflow? It seems as if no one views the old posts. For example, none of my answers for old questions have been voted on (...
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Is flagging to close old questions best practice?

Related: How to get attention required to close old posts? Every once in a while, I stumble upon an old (usually subjective) question that would have been closed before it left the front page if it ...
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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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Should I close a question now I have moved jobs and can no longer verify answers?

I posted this question (my first ever!) in November 2010 but I have since moved to a new job. Someone has just posted a new answer. I have no way of knowing whether or not the suggested answer will ...
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What to do with closed questions with out of date answers?

I've seen a lot of questions about how to handle out of date answers, but I came across a post that presents a slightly different problem. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/60240/project-tracking-...
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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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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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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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How to cleanup deadlinks

I was reading some answers about ruby and there are a lot of links to _why's sites. _why has recently left the community and took all his sites with him. Almost every introduction question about ruby ...
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Can I replace an old question by editing it?

I have asked some simple questions, that maybe were too easy, because I got downvotes on these. After I learned more I found my questions were really easy. I wonder if I could replace some old ...
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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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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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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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Should I remove 0-vote answers?

I've answered a bunch of questions on SO, and now I have a history to look through. Several of my answers got lots of upvotes and were accepted, but most of them got zero votes. Should I go through ...
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Cleaning up our rubbish: do we have a responsibility to clean up old questions?

This is not a question about old orphaned questions. Its about old unorphaned questions like: Does ruby have real multithreading? To remain correct this question will need constant updating. An ...
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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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Find a way to consult stakeholders about the deletion of old questions

Regarding the recent kerfuffle triggered by the new visibility of deleted questions, circa end February 2012: it seems to me that one problem is that some decisions about deletions are made solely by ...