I'm new to reviewing and in relation to that I have a question regarding how to handle an answer to an old question with an already accepted answer like this one:

It's an answer to a question from 2012. The answer is technically not wrong but it doesn't really add any value. Since it's a new user she might just not entire grasp the StackExchange system yet.

Do I:

  • Helpfully comment that it might be inappropriate?
  • Ignore it?
  • Down-vote?
  • Flag it?
  • Something else?

Tried browsing meta to see if I could find an answer but with no luck.

Any guidance would be greatly appriciated!


New answers to old questions can be anything from spam to gem, so it's kind of difficult to give a simple answer on that. But in general the same rules apply both for current and for old topics

  • if it is inappropriate or out of line -> flag
  • if it is just wrong, incomplete or confusing -> downvote
  • if you think the OP can/should improve it, add a comment with some followup questions

In the case you mentioned it seems to have been meant as a comment to the accepted answer, something which is actually helpful because Mavericks brought some very welcome changes regarding iCloud document syncing. So flagging it for moderator attention would be a good way to handle that.

  • Got it. Thanks for the guidelines!
    – Lasse
    Feb 26 '14 at 13:36
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    I do tend to comment as well as down vote to give the user an idea - even if iy is just pointing them to a FAQ
    – mmmmmm
    Feb 26 '14 at 17:00
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    Age should not be a major factor when reviewing content, primary consideration should be the same as if it was a new answer to a new question.
    – stuffe
    Mar 3 '14 at 11:37

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