In Stack Overflow generally the correct answer is often the second most upvoted answer. This is because the first answer was right but things change.

I'm already seeing here that I would like to unvote old out of date answers but can't because the answer "hasn't changed". This is true but the world did.

The easy answer would be to let people unvote. I'm sure it was prohibitied for a reason but possibly that reason doesn't really apply to a more focused community where abuse is less likely?

The more general fix might be to vote an answer as being "outdated" just as we vote to close a question.

It would be cool if the right answer was the top one.

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There's ongoing work on Stack Overflow to better understand how we can give the community there some opportunity to indicate content that is out of date or that there may be a newer, more current solution that works better than an existing one.

While these are still in discovery and testing phases, it is definitely something that we are looking into. Hopefully, by the time you need such tooling, we will have something released but, for now, I encourage y'all to focus on growth rather than hypothetical problems you may encounter at some future date.

I'll admit to being somewhat confused at how a question can go from correct to outdated in a month. I understand that things change quickly in some of these tech stacks but that seems like a reason to edit the answer to the correct information or leave a comment saying that the answer may need an update due to recent changes... rather than tooling for outdated content.

It's one thing to look for solutions for answers that have been out of date for many years and want to mark them as obsolete but if it's only been a few weeks, get the person to edit! There's little historical value in an answer that's so new.

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    Thanks, that's a good perspective. People are constantly submitting PRs that improve the ease of use or simplify areas. Most of the time people don't notice as it's all backward compatible. But sometimes there arrives an easier way to solve someone's question. I raised it as I have encountered it a lot on the main stack overflow site - I am delighted to hear that it's something that's likely to be addressed on the main site.
    – Squirrel
    Mar 27, 2022 at 20:29
  • A whole class of questions revolve around temporary versioning issues from the tooling used to build substrate and bugs discovered that are subsequently patched upstream. So the questions typically for specific things IMHO should he flagged and closed. Some of these are not patched, and are specific to a release that needs to remain for historical reference, but is noise for all other users that have moved on.
    – Nuke Mod
    Apr 17, 2022 at 22:34
  • I am all for more ability to make that clear for the community in as simple a way possible for moderators, where just tags or manually curation by editing and posting such caveats are a waste of time: the users that need the context are very small in number vs. The amount of effort spent on monitoring for these.
    – Nuke Mod
    Apr 17, 2022 at 22:37

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