Is there a standard policy on answering old questions? What about questions that have already had accepted answers?

I don't want to flood the top of the queue with old questions simply because I supplied an answer. I guess a follow-on comment would be that it would be nice if either

  1. Questions older than such-and-such a date didn't jump to the top, or
  2. There was a checkbox for old questions that said, "do not move question to the top."
  • This really runs counter to the goal of the site. An accepted answer could be replaced by an even better oneā€”but if the old question doesn't resurface, no one will know it's there! (Hence my downvote.)
    – aeismail
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 15:40
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    Okay, if it is okay to answer old questions, then that's great. Thanks! Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 15:44

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I don't see anything wrong with the fact that new answers to old questions come to the top, on the contrary. I certainly would like to see new answers, and be able to up/down-vote them.

If you want to avoid flooding the front page with old questions, then perhaps don't submit too many answers at once :)

  • I suppose you're right--being able to up/down vote them would be nice. It is a bit jarring to see a new answer pop up to an old question sometimes. Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 14:34

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