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What to do about new users posting useless answers only to make themselves known?

I've recently often witnessed the quite sad phenomenon of new (and often clueless) users trying to make themselves known by adding useless answers to already-answered questions, or to old unanswered (...
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Old and useless questions bumped to home page by "Community"

I know there is a background process that bumps unanswered questions to home page; I understand the logic behind this is to give them a chance to be answered. The problem is, this often bumps to home ...
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How to flag/close questions about old/irrelevant versions [duplicate]

I just came across an unanswered question from 2012, asking about an issue with the Archlinux boot process. It's now been several years and the Arch boot process changed a lot (switched to Systemd, ...
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How should we deal with old link-only answers?

Sometimes I come across old answers with little more than a link to another site. And sometimes these answers have been upvoted multiple times. The answer I most recently came across said only this ...
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Should we introduce a close reason for old, unanswered and unlike-to-be-answered questions?

Inspired by this question randomly popping up on the front page, although it hasn't been edited and no new answers of comments have been posted for more than three years. I guess this is due to some ...
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Let us (continue to) close old, off-topic questions about web hosting control panels

I'm not going to rehash all the drama of the last few days surrounding our former moderator HopelessN00b's mass closing of old, off-topic questions about web hosting control panels, but something ...
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Why lock a question because a poorly worded locked duplicate with no answers exist?

I have a question here https://serverfault.com/questions/670436/how-do-i-use-tls-https-using-dane-dnssec IMO it's incorrectly marked as a duplicate. One question explains the problem and the expected ...
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Five year old question received several answers from new users

The question What is the best program to uncompress .tar.gz files on Windows Server 2008? has an accepted and multiple up-voted answers more than five years old. Then suddenly it receives three new ...
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Need to either significantly improve a poorly asked+answered old question; or to re-ask (duplicate) it properly

I have basically this question. But that 2012 post doesn't work for multiple reasons: The OP has forgotten to add good reasons legitimising his request. That lead to the usual avalanche of downvotes ...
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What is (or what should be) the etiquette for editing old questions or posts?

I ask primarily because it's come up, and I've gotten conflicting advice and requests. Seeing the bad tag thread (and a lot of the other hideousness from "back when"), plus having a lot of time on my ...
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Guidelines for question migration

Being new to the toolbox, I can't help noticing that apparently some work is spent on raising old dust. Lately I've seen migrations of posts from 2009 (1, 2) to SuperUser despite of the apparent ...
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Let's love some older questions, ok?

I've been killing bad closed questions like a good boy and decided to slightly modify the search terms from there to find unloved questions that aren't closed in my favorite tags. The following query ...
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What is our policy on "legacy" off-topic questions?

ServerFault contains numerous questions, some dating back 2+ years, that were on-topic when posted but have become off-topic due to changes in our standards for acceptable questions. This is ...
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Suggestion for Unanswered Questions: Tab for listing oldest

This should be very easy to implement... I think there should be an option for listing questions by oldest. There is, of course, the 'newest' listing option. Why not just make an 'oldest' beside it? ...
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Old questions rising from the dead?

It seems that recently I am seeing a lot of questions "rise" up from seemingly out of nowhere? I have gone in on several occasions and have found myself commenting on questions that were asked in 2009....
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