# What is the best way to ask why an old answer to a closed question is wrong?

This closed question Can the likelihood take values outside of the range[0,1] comes up when I search Google for "likelihood greater than 1"

However I recently learned in my course that it can not be. How should I best ask for clarification on why the answer here, that it can be, is wrong?

• The answer isn't wrong. You may have misunderstood what was said in your course. Notice further that the question is a duplicate, so click on the "** This question already has answers here:** Can a probability distribution value exceeding 1 be OK?" to get more information. Oct 9, 2022 at 12:06
• Got it. Thank you. Oct 9, 2022 at 21:00
• @Kirsten you might consider removing the downvote that you placed on the answer that you thought was wrong but isn't wrong. Oct 9, 2022 at 23:42
• I didn't notice there was downvote from OP to the answer in question. While I won't dictate any how they would vote a post, it's a good practice, if there is a minuscule of ambivalence, first seek clarification and if that doesn't satisfy and is not rationale, then a downvote could be given. Oct 10, 2022 at 3:43
• When I try to upvote I get a message "You last voted on this answer yesterday. Your vote is now locked in unless this answer is edited." Oct 10, 2022 at 5:10
• @Kirsten I have requested Glen_b to make an edit to the post so that the downvote could be removed. If it is edited, you can remove the downvote (and may upvote). Oct 10, 2022 at 5:59
• I'm not concerned that the downvote be removed (as I had already let Kirsten know in chat); my concern with the downvote was identifying and explaining the issue that led to it (which between the comments and the chat I think has been resolved). However, I'll do as requested. Oct 10, 2022 at 15:33
• Thanks @Glen_b. I hope Kirsten has all the confusions resolved. And since the answer isn't wrong and the confusion has been vaporised (I hope), the downvote can be removed. Oct 10, 2022 at 16:30
• Downvote successfully removed and upvote added. Oct 10, 2022 at 18:02

## 1 Answer

What's at stake here?

OP has doubt regarding the veracity of an answer to a question that has been closed.

Now OP needs clarification. What could be done?

$$\bullet$$ Comment! Seriously, leave a comment to the post seeking clarification re OP's concern. The poster, if needed, would surely respond or(and) might edit the post, if necessary.

$$\bullet$$ If the user is no more in the site, then still leave a comment behind, for there could be others who could notice and respond to that.

$$\bullet$$ Ask a follow-up question. Explain the concern in a new question re any assertion made in the answer to the previous question. But make sure to explicitly reason as to why it's not a duplicate. That is, it is to be asked with clarity why, at the very first place, the concern is legit and that warrants a different post.

$$\bullet$$ Also, one thing to be noted is to why the original question was closed: it was marked duplicate. So, one can resort to that question for more info.

Finally, one more I would like to add is that if a post is wrong or disseminating misleading assertions, chances are there would be responses from the community: it's highly likely the errs don't remain overlooked from the vigil eyes, if there is any error at the first place.

TL;DR: Interact with the poster airing the concern primarily by resorting to comment.

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