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What is the correct way to deal with obsolete answers?

Sometimes old answers were correct at the time they were written, but the march of technology has made them obsolete. For example, the command-line video encoding tool ffmpeg used to have a 'vhooks'...
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Could we finally get rid of [software-rec]?

I know that this has been covered before (for example here), but communities evolve constantly and our current view on this matter can be different. In my humble opinion, software-rec should be ...
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How can we take care of our old duplicates?

What's going on … There is a trend that is very easy to explain. A question is asked. It gets a few answers, and because it's the first of its kind (i.e. topic-wise), it receives a lot of popularity ...
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Why was the question “Why are there 8 bits per byte?” closed?

TL;DR: I'm looking for opinions on why this question should be open or closed. Answer: I now understand why it has been closed: It is not a real problem because it has no practical use. https://...
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Are video game questions appropriate for superuser?

Or is it time to create another site? questions could be general discussion or tips/tricks
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Are batch script questions allowed on Super User?

Yes, it's nearly a dupe: Is batch script help allowed on superuser? Preferred location for "shell scripting" questions I've also read Inconsistent Mod response to migrating Excel ...
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Should potentially “Dangerous” answers be flagged/deleted?

Referring to this question: Restore MacBook Pro to factory settings without disc, I find it rather reckless to post an answer to an OP that obviously does not know what the effects will be. Should ...
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Should I delete my own question if no new answer can be validated?

A while ago, I asked this question for which no solution was found. I have since re-installed the host in question and gave it to a family member. So now I will be unable to validate any answers given ...
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Should questions related to problems with beta software/prototype hardware be closed?

I saw that Windows 8.1 Preview No sound on Macbook Pro Retina was closed since it's Preview/Beta code and the issue may very well be fixed by MS or the PC manufacturer in the months to come before ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2014 [duplicate]

It's the time of the year again, namely it is December 2013, and so we shall now refresh our Community Promotion Ads for the new year. What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads are ...
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Mechanism for scrapping bad audit questions?

I occasionally see recommendations here to scrap specific review audit questions. It isn't clear whether there is actually a mechanism to do that. I assume the system uses the audit examples over ...
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What could we do with the [error] tag?

Well, we have a tag called error. Its description says: Please use a more specific tag instead. Awesome. So what do all these 547 questions have in common? A non-descriptive tag. On Oct. 10, @...
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Are “error” and “problem” meta-tags?

From http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/: If the tag can’t work as the only tag on a question, it’s probably a meta-tag. Clearly, error and problem fit this criterion. If ...
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Is it kosher to accept your answer on your own question?

I've on occasion come across the answer to my question, and feel that it's the best answer, but do not want to "rob" anyone of rightfully earned rep... What do I do? Also I'm assuming that I do NOT ...
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Software recommendation and software-rec tag [duplicate]

I think most people feel software recommendations are off topic here at SU - please correct me if I'm wrong. Yet, we have a software-rec tag. Is this not confusing?
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How Do I Log Out? [duplicate]

Just as title says: how do I log out of this site? - I am certain that it is not good practice just closing my browser down, but I cannot find a sign-out link anywhere. - Has anyone else found one?
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The Master Spam List: Known spammers, spam domains, and associated IP addresses

This is a list of known spammers, spam domains, and IP addresses to which these domains point. This list is derived from spam patterns observed on Super User as well as information from DNS and ...
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The infamous “My PC is freezing” question…

We all know what they are: My PC is freezing and I don't know what to do? Please help me! Here's my specs: I think it's a windows 7 It has a power supply There's some RAM ...
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Negative up-vote/down-vote ratio: is it effective mentoring, or too harsh?

Voting on the questions and answers within the Super User community has often been a lively topic of discussion. Our voting tendencies are deemed important enough that during past Super User ...
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Calling all bloggers… Again

It's that time of the year again... Where I've completed my finals, my work tasks have slimmed a little and I think to myself I can get the blog back up and going again. So here we are! I'm calling ...
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What the heck happened that made the question I answered so popular (and my answer along with it)?

I answered the question If 32-bit machines can only handle numbers up to 2^32, why can I write 1000000000000 (trillion) without my machine crashing? with a quick off the top of my head answer because ...
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Are purely non-technical answers to technical problems on-topic?

I edited this question yesterday as part of a cleanup spree. It had already gotten a fair bit of activity, but someone tweeted a link to it after I edited it, and things really took off. The topic of ...
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Submit your Blog post for the Super User Contest here:

This is an area were users can submit their entries for 'best blog post' part of the Super User 2nd Anniversary Competition. Feel free to post your submission here in its entirety. Other user can ...
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Unanswered questions that are answered without upvotes or accepted answers

The Unanswered tab at the top shows that there are more than 8,000 unanswered questions, it also seems to increase every day. I think it's a bad behavior that this keeps increasing... Don't ...
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What time of the day is Super User getting the least traffic?

Due to the recent discussion about edit flooding, and one possible counter measure mentioned by @Grace Note ... You may consider that it is often wiser to perform massive edit jobs during low ...
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Should non-substantial edits be approved or rejected?

Should we accept/improve edit suggestions where the editors could obviously have done more? Example 1: Fixing only one letter Take this edit suggestion as an example. The only difference between ...
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Let's fix all the broken images

One of the steps on Stack Exchange's road to HTTPS is the replacing of embedded http:// images with secure ones. This has been done automatically for a lot of images, but there are some that can't be ...
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The purpose of voting: Teaching users the basics

It's come to my attention that users, even established users, aren't actually aware of many of the basic tenets of this website. For example, Voting. I was recently informed by a 2K+ user that "down ...
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Why are substantial edits rejected when they don't also address all, potential minor, issues?

Some reviewers of suggested edits appear way to restrictive when it comes to approving an edit. See for example This suggested edit (Related meta post) And this one (Disclaimer, this one is mine) ...
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Why don't people upvote when browsing the site?

I've been on the StackExchange boards for quite some time now and it seems that people don't upvote other's answers anymore when browsing the site. At least from my experience. Let's take this ...
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Are hardware (port, cable, etc.) visual identification questions allowed or not?

Are hardware (port, cable, etc.) visual identification questions allowed or not? Specifically when it's basically just "What's this port?" and a picture. Examples: What is a name of this port? And ...
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Vote to Close the Vote to Close chat room

With the new Review System, questions are getting closed/reopened/improved more rapidly then before. Looking at the room activity, it's been 43 days since something was asked in there, other then one ...
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Flagging posts that answer the question with something the OP has already dismissed

Note: This is a follow-up on Is “Y” really a valid answer to “I want X, and tried to do Y, but it doesn't work”? — because I don't think this is sufficiently answered, or at least doesn't seem too ...
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Is downvoting link only answers acceptable?

Related: Ban lmgtfy (le me google that for you) links Based on the Why is linking bad? question as well as Are answers that contain only links really good answers? question, is it acceptable ...
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Why “Please only post one answer to a question”?

What should I do when I know multiple different ways of doing something asked in question? Should I add them as separate answers or as one comprehensive answer? I think they should be separated, but ...
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Images that are wider than 640px

To handle overflow, Super User uses the following CSS for images: img { max-width: 640px; } For example, look at the following images with widths of 640px and 800px, respectively: The second ...
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Are “explain the technology to me” questions on-topic?

The FAQ says (bold is mine): You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. However, there are many questions where the user basically asks us to ...
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can I promise a bounty, but only put it in place once there is an acceptable answer?

I have a question that will require extensive work, and is unlikely to be solvable within the bounty period. I'd like to offer the maximum possible bounty for it, but I absolutely want that bounty ...
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Over 54,000 questions with no answers!

We have over 54,000 questions with no answers, this feels somewhat like a concern to me. Some other ideas than just answering include: Give bounties to the highest voted questions, helping them get ...
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Reduce Tag Ambiguity by Requiring Objects for Transitive Verbs

It's all in the title I'd say... In short, I'm suggesting that we add 'object' validation for single-transitive verb tags without object qualifiers... For instance ... 'split' would require the ...
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Add a 'No Caps Lock' message/hint/check on the website

I've seen a lot of questions that are originally in CAPS LOCK and with no formatting at all. Most recently, was this and this question with caps lock body, this question with caps lock title, and this ...
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Tag Synonym request: [task-scheduler] vs. [windows-task-scheduler]

A pair of tags I came across on Super User - both task-scheduler and windows-task-scheduler exist, but as far I can see they're both the same thing: task-scheduler: a component in Windows that, like ...
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Is there a policy for or against providing executables and other self hosted downloads?

My specific case is on my answer here. Is there any policy (on SuperUser or StackExchange) in either direction concerning providing an executable I uploaded myself for others to download? Of course, ...
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Proposal: Sponsoring some Community FAQs and Canonical Answers

The other day in chat, Daniel Beck and Surfasb helped come up with the idea of sponsoring questions with bounties to create or improve some Community FAQs and canonical answer posts. If you're not ...
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What is the etiquette regarding asking a question again on another Stack Exchange site?

I've asked a question on SuperUser before I realised that Ask Different existed. I feel that my question would be better served on the the Ask Different Stack Exchange site. How should I go about ...
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Should Home Networking questions be considered on topic?

After seeing the question Is it possible to throw DD-WRT on a F5D8235-4 v2?, I found out that neither Super User nor Server Fault allows questions on home networking. Should we be opening the scope of ...
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Is “Y” really a valid answer to “I want X, and tried to do Y, but it doesn't work”?

A few flags of mine were declined when I flagged answers that suggest to do things the OP dismissed as not working right in his question. The reason for being declined is the following: declined - ...
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Should we allow commercial products in the community promotion ads?

There are a few community promoted ads that have commercial purchase options. DAEMON Tools minitube The question open for discussion - should we allow ads to be posted for products that have free ...
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IS the too localized term being used too liberally?

I posted a question that was closed as too localized. It was originally worded to be relevant to everyone outside the US (It was phrased: how can I securely access a website that requires a us ip?). ...
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What to do about permanently outdated questions/answers on SU

I like Super User, often I have only to write the title of my question on the "Ask Question" page and the answer shows up in the "Related Questions" Thus I want to keep it great. Computer hardware ...