Some questions are asked about concrete situation at a moment of time. For example What has trump accomplished in his first term?.

As long as situation changes, answers may fade out.

Maybe such "dynamic" questions should be handled some other way?


It worth noting that there's a post notice for these very questions:

This post relates to a rapidly changing event.

Only ♦ moderators can apply and remove these notices.

There are currently two questions on Politics Stack Exchange which have this notice:

You can find these with a SEDE query.

  • On some sites in the network, you can flag posts you think deserve this notice for moderator attention. I hope the moderators here will read this and let us know if that works for them too. – Glorfindel Jun 18 '20 at 8:43
  • This is a good notice to have (I assume you get added to a question by flagging it for moderator attention?), but how does it help us deal with answers that become out of date due to changing events? – divibisan Jun 18 '20 at 19:09
  • @divibisan I guess that if moderators use it more often, we can use the SEDE query to check once in a while whether the answers are still up to date (and perhaps flag the post again if the notice isn't warranted anymore). – Glorfindel Jun 18 '20 at 19:11

I would suggest placing a bounty on the question with outdated answers. There is even an option for this on the bounty dialog:

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In the specific case linked in this question, the original suggested duplicate question was closed for being opinion-based, so a bounty couldn't be started in this situation. However, as the community decided that the original was opinion-based, it seems likely that the new question will attract the same sentiment.

I would also point out that the only answer to the new question at the time of writing is just an updated version of the user's older answer to the proposed duplicate, which seems to reinforce the appropriateness of placing a bounty to encourage answers to be updated.

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    That is a good approach, but sadly not available for everyone. Low reputation users may be unable to do so or lose privileges for it. So if they are interested in an up-to-date answer they will ask a new question. – miep Jun 18 '20 at 9:14
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    @miep: Unfortunately, if everyone could draw attention to everything, then no one would be able to draw attention to anything. – Kevin Jun 21 '20 at 21:03

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