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Should a bumped old question ever become a '[greatest hit] from previous weeks'?

I've noticed this behaviour a few times the past weeks in the weekly newsletter. A person comments or posts an answer on an old question that was once popular and it becomes one of the two greatest ...
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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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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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Disallow answered questions to be edited

Someone on ux.stackexchange.com is editing the questions that have his answer selected as the chosen answer, bringing them back up to the top. Looks like an attempt to get more upvotes, but it's a ...
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Adding another answer to an old and accepted question

This is a question which was asked on 2012-11-18 and has an accepted answer: Set "Selected Item" in multiselect RadComboBox I found another answer which may be correct as accepted answer. ...
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Allow new users to support an existing question [duplicate]

This is in response to To This Question(now deleted) Here is the question I need answer of this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10134920/razor-sharp-annotation-by-imagemagic ...
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Old questions getting out of date and new questions get flagged as duplicates?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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Community user bumps questions from inactive users [duplicate]

Lately, this Electrical Engineering question was bumped by the Community user. The question is of December 4, but the asker didn't log in after December 9. I wonder if it's useful to bump questions ...
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How best to handle old questions with new answers where question is “not constructive”

I came across an answer to this question whilst carrying out reviews. I'm wondering what the best way to handle this kind of situation is as I'm sure others have come across it too. The question if ...
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Allow moderator migration of old questions between non-trilogy sites

I recently came across https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/2678/104 , a question that is very interesting, but is (IMO) off-topic for Skeptics.SE and on-topic for History.SE . The main post about ...
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Old question, new answer … but it doesn't float to the top?

According to will anybody see my new answer to an old question? a new answer will cause an old question to bubble up to the frontpage. However, I have recently answered a few old questions and ...
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What to do of question that are old and the user is inactive and low-rep? [duplicate]

Going through old posts, I come across some questions which Question is not OffTopic Don't have any answer Were asked more than a year or two earlier OP's rep is low (<100) Doesn't have proper ...
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Should we strive to edit or preserve very old low-quality questions?

So I was browsing stackoverflow and came across a question that sounded pretty interesting. I clicked through and the quality of the question was pretty poor. I immediately set out to giving it better ...
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find only old questions either by virtual year-tag or by a calendar date cutoff

Is it possible to EXCLUDE from the search results questions asked after a certain arbitrary date? Or to get questions posed in a given year? Let's say I'm maintaining a legacy app that is using a ...
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Ability to delete really old, negative-voted, irrelevant questions

I have a question I asked a while ago that has since been downvoted a bunch (even though I believe it's a particularly interesting question, but that's beside the point). I'd like to delete it, as the ...
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Outdated questions - tagging approach

It seems to me that Stack Overflow has an infinite amount of outdated questions that pop out in Google, the SO search, etc. I frequently limit Google search to the last year to get accurate results. ...
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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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How can I get more feedback on both my questions and answers?

I'm by far not very acquainted with all the structure of Stack Overflow, but one of these days I've asked a question about an issue I really wanted to find out what the answer would be, and it seems ...
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Too old to migrate this post?

This question, in my opinion, is a clear candidate for moving to Programmers but is too old to mark it as such (it is also a community wiki, which is probably another factor). What is the appropriate ...
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Handling Old Very Popular Shopping Questions

I was looking through some older questions and I came across Open Source Alternatives to Reflector? which itself is linked to Something Better than .NET Reflector? I recall coming across the first ...
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Flagging or Closing CW Questions

I've been going through some older questions, specifically looking for shopping questions that should be flagged as "not constructive". While going through the questions, I found https://...
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Should old questions with a bad style in the way they are asked be improved?

For example, in this question: Cocoa: Quartz, Core Graphics, Context vs View. Oh My! , I feel like the "Oh My" sounds a bit awkward.. A lot of old questions from 2009 or 2010 have strange titles ...
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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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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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reasking outdated questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to deal with obsolete answers? I was looking over the subject of unit testing and found this 4 year old topic. NUnit vs Visual Studio 2008's Test Projects for Unit ...
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Seeing a worthwhile question with a world-class answer about to be deleted pains me [closed]

This question from 2009 is currently sitting on 8 delete votes. The question asks whether there are valid reasons not to use Boost (a C++ library), which is a subjective question, insofar as there is ...
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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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Downvote answers that are no longer correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to deal with obsolete answers? Given an old question that has old answers that were correct when answered. Now consider that something has changed that makes one or more ...
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StackExchange could offer Bounties on old questions

I often see old questions on Stack Overflow - some are just plain bad, some have been asked at that time of day when no one is around except for RBS staff trying to frantically fix autosys, and some ...
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How should posts on meta be marked as irrelevant, if something changes?

For instance, everything having to do with rep recalc that was posted more than a couple months ago is now irrelevant and hard to figure out - I needed to go to chat to find out that the whole thing ...
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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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Should we salvage old (highly upvoted) questions instead of deleting them?

I noticed there are a lot of 'older' (2009-2010) questions getting closed (and voted for deletion). I find deletion a bit harsh since most of them contain interesting content imho. They stem from a ...
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Should I ask a new question if my more detailed question is similar to an old unanswered question?

I have a question which is very similar to an old question which has no answer (as of June 7, 2012). The old question (Querying remote system via WMI returns access denied) includes some of the ...
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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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Is this old Question a candidate for deletion (or locking)?

This question is not constructive (and has been closed to that effect) and is not particularly useful, sets a bad network precedent, has no useful tags (the reason this question even came on my radar ...
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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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Policy to make old Questions visible

I know that answering an old question will bring it back to front on the SO site. Nevertheless I am not aware if there already is (but I think it would be important to have) some kind of policy for ...
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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 ...
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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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Why delete a community wiki after 2 years? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why were historically significant questions deleted? Why did this—moderately successful (close to 50 upvotes, 30 favourites, accepted answer with 100+ votes)—community wiki ...
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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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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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What do we do with “historical” questions asked on the wrong site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Disposing of old questions that are now off-topic Here's an ancient Stack Overflow question that would really have belonged on UX.StackExchange today; in fact we have our own ...
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Can I call people to discuss an old question again?

I asked an interesting question here: Tic Tac Toe perfect AI algorithm: deeper in "create fork" step, the answer is just acceptable, not perfect. Today, I just found a better (and, to me, ...
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How best to request a particular question/topic to be revisited/addressed according to latest circumstances?

Sometimes there is a question of interest to me that was last active, say in 2010, and there's a desire to check if new possibilities have surfaced in 2011. I don't think a new question (How to do XXX,...
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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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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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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 wholesale flagging of questions that are old in an out-of-date subject area desireable?

I have been reading as many questions as I could here on meta about flagging old questions but none of them seem to directly address this issue. In my travels through the corner of Stack Overflow I'm ...