24 votes

Old posts and answers need protection?

I've occasionally noticed, and commented on and downvoted lower quality, link-only answers, and you've definitely got a lot of rep - and well, if I thought one of your answers wasn't good, I'd ...
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12 votes
Accepted

Old posts and answers need protection?

If you want to retain the reputation previously earned and, after all, you did earn it, then making the answer Community Wiki would protect it and the answer would remain for posterity. Wouldn't that ...
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11 votes

Old posts and answers need protection?

Making any change without knowing the intention of the downvoter seems pointless. Maybe they just downvoted you because they don't like you simply for being the user with the most reputation on the ...
8 votes

How can I post an answer to this question on SuperUser?

The question you're referred to has been protected due lot of drive-by "answers" which doesn't really answer the question but are some sort of "I have this too" or "this is ...
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4 votes
Accepted

Can't answer a highly active question even though I meet the reputation requirement

From the FAQ: Who can answer a protected question? Users with 10 or more reputation can answer a protected question. However, the +100 account association bonus is ignored for this check2, so users ...
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2 votes

Old posts and answers need protection?

Surely some sort of optional label like "obsolete" would be applicable to show that the answer was good and relevant at the time of posting but may not be now. Down-voting makes no sense as the ...
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2 votes

Old posts and answers need protection?

I agree that old technology should not be a basis for downvoting. The Meta discussions you linked to focus on obsolete information, and that is one source of the problem. But I have a different take ...
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2 votes

Want to contribute useful answer to old question, but has low quality lock despite only 3 answers

shrug It has 2 deleted answers, most of which were terrible. Some people just ruin it for the rest of us. I'll unlock it - if you can write a good meta post, I can expect you to write a good, as ...
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1 vote

Old posts and answers need protection?

Would considering a system which required a commented reason 'why' (even if limited in visibility) on downvotes to answers over whatever age (3 years, 5 years, etc) be a potential fix? Or maybe only ...
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