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How should pronoun-only edits be handled?

A refinement of the FAQ comments (this is why they're comments not actual FAQ questions/answers)... It's one thing for someone to add their pronouns to a new post. If they volunteer them, we're ...
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Commenting on a 4 year old question to ask for its current validity?

Yes, that's what comments are for. Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information.
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How should pronoun-only edits be handled?

Is such behavior considered correct? No, it isn't; it's utterly unacceptable. If you see behaviour like this, flag the user for moderation attention (they're not likely to stop if you leave a comment)...
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14 votes
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"Bouncing" an old question of other user - not enough reputation to comment

I'm not sure it'll be appropriate to ask a new question, since I understand it'll be a duplicate. Then make it not a duplicate. "How do I solve X?" is the current question, to which the answer is "Y"....
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14 votes
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Should I downvote an answer (no added value) posted on an already well answered questions?

Why would someone want to answer a question that is old and has an accepted answer without bringing anything new and useful to the table? The only good reason I can think of is that they think they ...
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Why should someone edit questions from years (3 to 7 years ago, for example)?

What's the point in this behavior? To improve the posts. For example, in a recent edit, that user edited the title to fix a grammar mistake, and added relevant tags to the question. While sometimes ...
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Lower reputation requirement for "reopen" privilege

That question clearly has value, but not on Stack Overflow. We have another site in the network, Software Recommendations, for such kind of questions, and the question you mention probably even fails ...
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Is there a way to promote a brand new answer to an old question crowded with many outdated answers?

You can promote the answer from outside the site. For example, a blog entry can tell the story of how back in 2012 when [link] was asked, there really wasn't a good way to handle things. It can ...
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What does SO do to keep old questions useful? Or: What does SO do to keep the best answers easy to find?

You’re asking the million dollar question(s)… it’s also something that we are struggling with as the network grows and it’s something that we are actively discussing and working on. The purpose of ...
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Downvote on outdated answers - desired or counterproductive?

Instead of editing I would have left a comment to give the OP a chance to fix and/or add additional info. Downvoting posts that are not (longer) correct is perfectly OK, that is where downvotes are ...
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Old answers being downvoted because the solution doesn't apply anymore

The tooltip for downvoting an answer is: This answer is not useful If an answer is no longer useful then I think it should be downvoted even if it was useful at some earlier time. Then, as ...
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Add warning/notice about responding to a long-dead discussion

If a question or answer still needs improvement then I do not think that it matters how old it is when the next comment is made there. I would rather see the odd unseen comment made, rather than have ...
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View activity history of a question

There is a timeline, which you can access using the following URL: http://sitename/posts/<question_ID>/timeline And a way to go to the latest activity is to add /?lastactivity to the URL, like ...
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How to get a new answer for an old question

Bounty: There is even a whole reason for this:
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Lower reputation requirement for "reopen" privilege

In the last reopen attempt dated Apr 19, 2021 I was actually the first reviewer to cast a "Leave Closed" vote. As Glorfindel said, the question although successful is not on-topic on Stack ...
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Is there a way to promote a brand new answer to an old question crowded with many outdated answers?

You can post a bounty on the question. This will indirectly draw attention to the answers, including new ones, which will encourage voting. A bounty on an old question will often draw extra ...
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Close voting and comments that challenge consistency

It is up to you whether you decide to respond or not. I think it is important to respond so that the user knows what the deal is on the SE network. My answer to that kind of comment is that I've not ...
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How should I treat an old, active question I no longer need answered?

The possible duplicate you identified is about a case where the question didn't have much engagement or value, and the answer there was to either edit or close it. That characterization doesn't seem ...
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How to handle a question when the given answer is no longer correct?

You can do several things: Leave a comment on the answer stating that it's now wrong in the hope that the poster will come back and correct it. Down-vote the answer if you think it's that wrong it ...
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Why should someone edit questions from years (3 to 7 years ago, for example)?

Editing old questions & answers is encouraged, if the edits actually improve the posts, and fix everything that's fixable by a 3rd party. Stack Exchange sites are supposed to be long-term ...
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Should the accepted answerer also be able to change the accepted answer?

I would say no. Acceptance of an answer means that the OP found it useful at the time. I agree, sometimes somebody else posts a better answer than yours. You've done the noble thing in editing your ...
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I can't tell if an answer to my old question is correct

Is there something I should do about that question or its answers? Yes, nothing. You certainly shouldn't vote on a post when you don't know if it's a quality answer. If you want to comment ...
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Accepted answer random queue

I wrote you a query so you can explore. It will look at questions: Created before a specified date That have (or had) an accepted answer It creates a random list of 100 items based on a random ...
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Should I delete some of my old, downvoted questions - having low-positive-vote answers?

If your question has upvoted answers then you cannot delete it. It would be annoying indeed to answerers if good answers, as judged by the community, were able to be removed by the OP. What you ...
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Can old questions and unaccepted answers be 'cleared' when the OP has been AWOL for several years?

Questions that have no answers and were not automatically deleted by Roomba might have a positive score and / or several comments preventing their deletion. If the comments are not helpful anymore, ...
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Way to know when a question was auto bumped even after it was changed

This feature-request is now complete. Notification of community user bump is preserved in post timeline and revision history. Screenshot of Revision History: Screenshot of Post Timeline:
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Random question button

This is definitely a good idea. I was looking for a feature like this on PPCG when finding questions to answer (on PPCG, we normally aim to answer questions in as many different programming languages ...
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View activity history of a question

Notice how it appears on the front page: It was bumped by the Community♦ bot because it didn't have any upvoted answers. From the bot's profile description: I do things like Randomly poke ...
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How do I attract attention to a new answer to an old question?

The very fact that you've posted it will draw attention to the question and answer. Any new answer (along with any edits to the question or existing answer) will bump the question up to the top of ...
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