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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Indication of when an ancient question has been bumped

I've done it a lot; leave a comment, an edit, or maybe even start writing an answer on a post I saw on the front page. Then I notice the post dates are from 2010; an ancient question someone edited ...
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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 we really be basing migratability on age?

Let's pretend there's a question asked on Stack Overflow (as if they ever are). The question is asking if there is a better way of doing something. Clearly the question belongs on Code Review. You go ...
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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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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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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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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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Stack Overflow etiquette for upvoting old solutions

I get a ton of my programming questions answered by Stack Overflow, and I thought that maybe I should upvote helpful solutions even if they are old, to give the original poster some feedback that ...
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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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It'd be nice to have an easier way to tell what's changed about an old bumped question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Way to know when a question was auto bumped even after it was changed Can we get more info in the “Interesting questions” tab? When I see an old fossil get dug ...
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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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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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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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Why are questions that are too old to migrate being migrated?

Coming upon this question I felt that it was off-topic for StackOverflow, so I immediately clicked on close. I was promptly informed that this question was too old to migrate so, presumably, I would ...
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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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What could increase the upvotes on old answers I am getting?

Looking at my rep tab it feels like I am getting a lot of upvotes for older answers recently. In the last month I have only given about a dozen answers, which earned barely above 30 upvotes, yet my ...
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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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What to do with old questions that are off-topic?

I often see old questions (from the time before superuser.com and serverfault.com) that are offtopic. But they are not closed. It doesn't make sense to vote-close on them, since no one else will see ...
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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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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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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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What to do if you see misuse of something in a post, but it's extremely old?

I stumble across questions every now and then that are pretty old - earlier in the year, way back in '09 and such - and have some sort of gross misuse. Like asking for clarifications, or details on an ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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Why are many old popular questions locked instead of closed?

If you look through the first several pages of top-voted questions, almost all of them are old and would now be considered non-constructive or off-topic. Some are closed, but it seems like most of ...
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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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Can I answer old/dead questions with posts from my blog?

I've never asked a question on Stack Overflow before. But I've been to SO quite often after Googling for answers to my questions. And every now and then, I end up at these great questions which I ...
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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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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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When answering old questions, is there a limit to how old it should be?

I'm a new user to the StackExchange network. As such, I'm trying to gain a little traction in contributing (specifically on StackOverflow). Seeing as the newest questions get sniped quickly by regular ...
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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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What to do if you are interested in a (good) question that didn't get a good answer?

Today I came across this Stack Overflow question while Googling. I wanted to reopen the conversation and try to ask about scalable solutions (the solutions posed are not) but the question is eight ...
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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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Old questions getting out of date and new questions get flagged as duplicates?

Is there a discussion regarding questions and answers getting too old or inefficient? Has any one else considered the risk of good, more valid, questions getting removed as duplicates, even though ...
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Cool down on flagging posts in the pre-comment feature era?

Back in the days before being able to comment on posts (circa September 6th 2008 according to this blog entry), post id's < 35301), rightly or wrongly answers were often used for communication ...
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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....