Over on Arqade we often handle outdated answers by posting a bounty on the question with the "Current answers are outdated" reason. When doing so, we may post a comment on one or more of the existing answers as well (normally just the accepted or highest voted one).
This seems to work fairly well over on Arqade. It draws attention to posts in need ...
lot of question gets marked duplicate on daily basis, which means the answers on some other question is being helpful for the OP, which means it deserves an upvote, right?
Not necessarily. Unless the OP themselves participates
in the closing, a question closed as duplicate means nothing more than that 1–5 users think the answer to another question also ...
which means the answers on some other question is being helpful for the OP
Well, to be precise: there is at least one answer which should solve the OP's problem. Some of them might not, perhaps not even the accepted or most upvoted one. It is impossible to have an automated system determining which ones are helpful and which aren't; only us humans can do so....
Adding this idea since it hasn’t been mentioned yet.
On Travel answers get outdated quite a lot of the time especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To combat this issue, the moderators have been adding the “This post relates to a rapidly changing event.” notices to posts relating to the COVID-19 pandemic which shows readers that the information may not be ...
You might not be aware, but something like this is already in place:
Negatively scoring questions (-4 or lower) are already hidden from the homepage.
If you wait long enough, they will be deleted by an automated process.
Negatively scoring answers (-3 or lower) are grayed out
Those answers are also more likely to be flagged as Very Low Quality and ...
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That's because it's the questions that are duplicates, not the answers. We don't need to reward answerers on the target, since they will be rewarded by mere exposure, as users searching for the same question will be linked. Also, this doesn't deal with inappropriate duplicate closures, like where two different questions that happen to share one answer (e.g. ...
For software and programming questions on sites like the GIS Stack Exchange I recommend that ongoing curation of Q&As should try to steer answerers and editors towards trying to include the version(s) that an answer applies to.
That way, over time, the community can use:
upvotes to promote answers that are useful for the recent versions;
downvotes to ...
I'm pretty sure this does not easily translate to most other sites in the network, but IMHO it's still worth mentioning.
One way to deal with outdated answers is how Ask Ubuntu does it. This is the tag excerpt for [14.04], an old version of Ubuntu:
Fifth LTS (Long Term Support) release of Ubuntu, code-named "Trusty Tahr". Released on 17th April, ...
Yes, you can absolutely answer your own question if you get the answer from other user/s comment/s. It's also definitely a good idea to credit those user/s for their comment/s.
There are no rules for how you do this per se, but I suggest the following points to ensure that you give credit appropriately:
Link directly to the user's account, since the ...
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