After some recent discussion in chat, it came up that we have been closing questions as "Too Localized" because they no longer apply to the game they are about, even though they were good questions when they were asked. Some examples:
- Will monsters spawn on top of trees?
- How short can a minecart booster be and still be effective?
- Can you be woken up by a creeper in prerelease versions of Minecraft?
- Why do Minecraft double doors behave the way they do with redstone?
- Sanctum - can't shoot strawberry fish
I can't find any that are not about Minecraft, but that is probably because it is the best example for obsolescence in a widely played game.
Joel's answer on MSO says
"Too localized" should be used for very tiny geographic regions or vanishingly small periods of time. It is used when a question cannot possibly be answered because nobody participating in the site is likely to know the answer, and even if it were answered, nobody else would care.
These questions do not fit any of those criteria. They were questions that were generally useful and were completely answerable. The first example question was at +19 with a +23 answer and 3K views, so quite a few people found it helpful. It was also open for over a year, so it was not limited to a small period of time.
Joel also gives a more specific example that is relevant to this situation:
A question that only applies to a certain build of software. For example, a developer discussing a bug that only occurs in a certain version of the .NET framework. Sure, that version is going to be replaced with another version, which might fix the bug, but we're still going to answer it!
I would say that the right policy here is, instead of closing the question, update the answer or add a new answer, even if that answer just says
This is no longer an issue as of update X due to Y. The thing the question asked about now works like Z.
and also update the accepted answer to say something like "This information is out of date as of update X. See the new answer for more current information"
This would help keep all information about some particular problem in one place, as we prefer, and it is a more correct solution.