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When a person in 2017 is looking at an answer that may have been written in 2010 (say), it's not that person's responsibility to try to figure out if the answer might have been correct at some time many years previously. Either the answer is correct right now or it isn't. The correct actions when faced with an incorrect answer are already laid out by ...


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Votes on this site are highly noisy and so over-analyzing one-offs like this is a waste of energy in my opinion (especially because the criteria for what deserves an up/downvote are completely individual specific). I don't hear you complaining about upvotes on ancient posts that may or may not still be relevant. Just from my own posts, I can see that ...


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First, if a question meets reasonable criteria for closure, it should be closed. It doesn't matter if the question is new or old, or if the poster is active or inactive, etc. Conversely (but similarly), if a question is good (clear, on topic, etc.) it should stay open, even if it is old and the poster is long gone. The issue then is what to do with ...


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Accepted means accepted by the original poster (OP) of the question: that's an SE-wide definition easy to understand. The main consequence of good answers not being accepted is some lost reputation for those who posted those answers. Not what you are talking about, but I will add that the main consequence of the best answers not being accepted, but some ...


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I routinely review every active question. Old questions become active whenever they're touched by somebody. The "Community" bot often touches old questions that might have some value (because they were upvoted or answered). I can no longer do this as thoroughly as I used to because there are about 200 new active questions every day. That's why we have ...


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Obviously I am not commenting as a moderator, but I have often contributed to old threads either becoming "active" or entering the review queue. Essentially it happens when I find an old thread and do something "stronger" to it than merely upvoting or commenting on it - for example if I edit it, answer it, flag it or vote to close it. I am an active editor;...


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I basically agree with @amoeba's reasoning. The rest of this post is just elaboration. As a matter of expedience, I think it makes sense to down-vote old questions (posted more than 12 months ago) which are off-topic, low-quality, or too broad to be answerable. It takes five people to vote to close a question, but just one person to move a question from 0 ...


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I look at the active list / the front page; I look at posts that come up in searches (including ones I wasn't looking for); I look at posts other people link to; I look at posts in the "Related" list of other posts (and so forth...) I see a mix of old and new posts. If I see something that I think should be improved, I generally do something with it, ...


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I agree with using a historical lock for the case you've described. It's... kind of exactly the situation the historical lock was invented to handle. (Terminology note: in this post, when I talk about locks, I'm referring to historical locks only. What I say may not apply to the other kinds of locks we have, like the temporary kind of lock used on posts ...


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I would not delete such questions, as I don't enjoy broken links. I would not lock them either, as I don't enjoy incorrect content (locking prevents from editing). I would simply add some warnings that such questions are off-topic nowadays.


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Based on the comments, I have set a bounty on the 2013 question, claiming that "The current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given recent changes", which is not entirely correct but the closest "bounty reason". (Now I'd just love for the bounty text to respect the paragraph breaks I included...) Edit: I just awarded the bounty to Ben Bolker's ...


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I'm a bit mixed on this. In general, I think it is better to close such questions, but some questions could legitimately be grandfathered. I'm not sure I can articulate where I perceive the borderline to be or provide a coherent argument for it. (I have voted to 'leave open' on some such older threads, if I could find them I might be able to do better ...


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If I try to search for certain things, those questions [dead questions] pop up, they don't help me at all. Your suggestion (system/mod accepting Qs) would not make those dead and unhelpful questions to go away. If a dead question has a valid/useful answer, upvote it so it can be removed from the unanswered questions tab (if possible and necessary, also edit ...


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