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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?

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 ...
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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?

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 ...
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How to deal with paralysed questions where the Original Poster is inactive?

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 ...
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Allow moderators to accept answers in old questions from inactive users?

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 ...
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How do people find old posts to review, edit, or close them?

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 ...
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How do people find old posts to review, edit, or close them?

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 ...
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When closing old unanswered but upvoted questions, consider downvoting down to zero (right?)

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) ...
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How do people find old posts to review, edit, or close them?

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" ...
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When dealing with old off-topic questions, should we close or lock them, and why?

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 ...
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Should we close old, outdated and off-topic questions?

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 ...
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Updating/re-asking software-related questions

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 ...
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Should we consider grandfathering old R (and other programming-heavy) posts?

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 ...
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How do I find oldest unanswered question

You can you use the StackExchange Data Explorer to write an SQL query that does exactly what you want. Below a query that returns what you are looking for. That is, unanswered posts, sorted from ...
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What to do about obsolete, or out-of-date questions, specifically this one about neural networks?

Canonical questions and answers If the question allows it, then a new question can be made and a reference can be added to the old question to point to the new question. In the case of questions that ...
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Allow moderators to accept answers in old questions from inactive users?

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 ...
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How do I find oldest unanswered question

As a comment to the answer by @gung, some more examples of the advanced search features, modify, mix & match at will. The first is my standard starting point: ...
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What to do about obsolete, or out-of-date questions, specifically this one about neural networks?

Personally I prefer your option 1 relying on existing SE machinery. As a user in search of any SE answer, you should look at both the date of the question and answer. A 10 year old question/answer ...
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How do I find oldest unanswered question

Use the various advanced search features. To find unanswered threads, search for answers:0 closed:no. Then you can sort by ...
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