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It seems to me that simply editing the post to include a disclaimer would be both trivial and useful, something along the lines of This post was correct at the time it was posted but is no longer valid: Please see blahblah.answer which accounts for recent updates to the library This not only makes it clear that the answer is outdated without actually going ...


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Votes that are reversed are not completely erased from the system. They are stored in the database permanently, like a post, and simply marked as "deleted" when they are retracted. That said, there are no built-in tools to track serial vote retractions of any kind. Staff can manually write SQL queries to track cases (essentially looking at the ...


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The tooltip on the upvote answer button says This answer is useful and not This answer looks useful (emphasis mine) If you intend to try out an answer, try it out first and then upvote it. Or downvote it and/or leave a comment if it doesn't work. If you can improve the answer, you can (suggest an) edit; an edit allows you to retract votes. (But note ...


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We had people messing around voting up and down the same question repeatedly in an attempt presumably to get the attention of the answerer for some issue or other. Rather than allow people to basically interrupt a poster by waving in their face all day we restrict changing voting except within an initial grace period or if the post is edited. Feel free to ...


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It is important to not mislead people with high-voted answers that are out of date, that's for sure. But removing your upvote will not be the best solution, as the poster of that answer did provide a good answer at that time. If users were advised to remove their upvotes due to answers going out of date, well, that could be discouraging for users who answer ...


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