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Should we migrate questions to an on-topic site if the asker requests?

I noticed this old question on SO in the flag queue: Sending email with attachment The author flagged it, and asked to move it to http://drupal.stackexchange.com It is on topic in the target site, ...
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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 some questions be retired?

In the computer/software world technologies advance fast. Some questions that where answered in 2008/9 are no longer relevant, or will be none relevant in the future. But SO still keeps them and ...
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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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Ask something related to (my own) old question

Already asked here but has no answer yet: How to ask for a clarification in a old question? What should I do when I sudden meet a problem that related to the old answered question, create new ...
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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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Value in re-asking a completely answered question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Asking a previous question again. Isn't it useful? Like all good citizens of stack overflow I do searches for for the answer I am looking for before posting. As well, in ...
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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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What to do with out of date answers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if an out of date question+answers already exists? I have arrived at a question via goggle and stack overflow appears again. Is there a way to programmatically ...
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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 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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When and how should I down-vote old posts? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do you cast downvotes on answers? I've been on SO for only a few months. I've been doing a lot of browsing, playing catch-up with the huge body of knowledge that's ...
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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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Asking whether answers to an old question are still relevant?

I'm interested in this question: Is there a recommended package for machine learning in Python? Although the answers look good, they were posted about two years ago, so I'm afraid they may no longer ...
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Question with accepted answer which isn't relevant now

Today I answered What is the maximum iframe width of a facebook page? (July 2011), but before posting an answer, as always, I searched for duplicates. I found Facebook - Maximum iframe width? with an ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 I edit an answer to a previous version of a question which no longer applies?

I asked this specific question about the use of std::shared_ptr in C++ code but incorrectly specified a major detail in the example code. Once I changed the question, the highest-voted answer (which ...
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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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“New answers to old questions” no longer shows deleted answers

For Bounty: Either a satisfactory explanation for why it's better not to see deleted items or a plan for it to be returned. Before the "Links" moderator tools page got reworked a few weeks ago, the "...
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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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What to do with questions trying to replicate discussion forums on SO?

So I was just minding my own business, doing searches and flagging answers that aren't so they could be removed by people with more rep than me when I came across these two questions: C# ...
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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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Should old questions be flagged for migration?

Should old questions that are now better asked on a different site like Superuser be tagged for migration? Example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48402/
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Reopen Meta Questions

I was researching whether "add a preview to the comment window" had been asked (it has, at least once, here) and when I found the answer I found myself wanting to bump the thread as I think it would ...
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How to get an old answered question updated

I have found a question about technology choice with regards to web developent, which is two and a half years old. I have tried to give it a bump, but since it has already been answered, I guess ...
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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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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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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 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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What should I do when my question has already been asked, but has no recent answers?

Sometimes when I want to ask a question, I see it is already exists, but its answers are old and might not be relevant. Is the best approach to ask a new question, or use the original one by posting ...
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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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How does one tell if something is out-of-date?

I am researching CMS options on SO and I worry that some answers may be out of date, but I have no idea. I wanted to understand how out-of-date content is managed. I see related information for when ...
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How to get to know meta?

Here for example How much rep do I need to protect a question? I ask about something obvious to old meta users. As a new meta user how can I get to know about rules you live by? I do know I can read a ...
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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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How do we deal with outdated meta Questions?

I've seen a lot of Q&A on meta.SO which are hopelessly outdated. If they are precious (EG, historical significance), how about a big note on top of them outdated! here's something newer that might ...
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Give more rep for answering older questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should answers to old questions get more (or less) reputation points? I've noticed that when I post a question, it gets looked at by many people, but if it does not have an ...
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What do we do with questions that get few views/answers?

This is to related to my question Relation Of KeyDown Event With Datagridview's RowHeaderVisible. I have visited many sites and found that most of the topics related to my problem are about edited ...
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What action to take on old accepted answer that keeps getting downvotes?

Almost two years ago I answered a question with a simple link to a library which seemed to help the questioner since my answer was accepted. My answer keeps getting downvoted but no other good ...
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How can I revive my SO question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get attention for your old, unanswered questions This is probably an already-answered question, but I couldn't find anything similar. I asked a question on SO, a few ...
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Should feature proposals which got many upvotes require SO admin feedback?

I am a big proponent for this feature. (Personally, I think every decent search engine should display a search result count. Google always displays a number at the top and you quickly know if your ...
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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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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 would prevent me from adding a bounty to a question?

I found a question from April, with 0 answers. I would really like to see the solution of it. I've starred it and upvoted it, and even left a comment, but I don't think it's being bumped. I want to ...
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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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Answer etiquette on older questions

In relation to this question I came across this myself. There were several answers saying "it doesn't work because its a bug" or "try this" (and it doesn't work.) To be honest I just didn't believe ...