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I guess this is a good as place as any to ask this,

Lately I keep seeing very old questions appearing on my timeline and the only reason I can see why they appear is either the question has been edited or an answer has been edited.

I cant see the reasoning behind this?

If the question already has an accepted answer why would the question need to be edited?

Like wise if the question already has an accepted answer why would the answer need to be edited?

Is there no way to control the behavior of any question to not appear at the top of the timeline?

As much as I like SE the whole thing seems pointless if i have to look through questions that were answered 3 years ago if someone edits a full stop or makes a spelling correction.

An example below

Old Question

If what I am asking is beyond the control of Bicycles SE i can ask elsewhere on SE if it's inherent with SE rather than individual SE sites

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  • Wow, you really won't want to follow Science Fiction & Fantasy then! There are valid reasons for updating questions - link rot, new information or even just a disclaimer "this doesn't apply to anything after 2010" - and it makes sense that once a question is updated that it get bumped in case answers need to be updated too. Sometimes an update to a question will even get an answer for a previously unanswered question. – DavidW Jul 15 at 14:21
  • Unanswered questions I can understand getting updated with an answer this makes perfect sense, what I don't want to see clogging up a timeline is edits to questions that are years old, I just can't see the benefits from doing this. If it's old tech no longer being used what's the point in bringing life back into it. Maybe keep the questions live but in an archive so if people want to see the content they can – Dan K Jul 15 at 14:36
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An edit always returns a question to the top of the active list. So a cleanup can make it look like an invasion.

There's an automated cleanup script that goes through content looking for http:// URLs and changing them to https:// wherever appropriate, this also raises questions back to the front page.

In this specific case, OP came back and edited their question. The "edited X hours ago" doesn't say a name, so Saaru was the editor. For a diff you can click the link and see what was changed. Here, OP updated a URL, taking out a broken link and replacing it with an archive.org link which is more useful.

So, yes its slightly annoying, but exposes older questions to newer users who may have different info.

And things change over time - What bike computer (speedometer) to get for mounting on the rear wheel? was a 7 year old question about mounting a bike computer sensor to read the rear wheel in a trainer. Since then, active turbo trainers have become available, so an additional updated answer is appropriate. Whether it helps the OP or not I don't know, but it will help future searchers who have the same/similar questions.

Remember the vast bulk of readers are just that, readers. They don't ask questions or post answers. They simply get some results out of a search engine and read them, so maintaining questions/answers is good.

Whether you can filter them out across SE? I don't think so, but happy to be proven wrong.

  • I guess filtering by Newest would be an option, however I fail to see the point in adding a new answer to a question posted 7 years ago other than to maybe increase your rep points. Maybe a better alternative is to create a wiki and link the older post to a newer alternative rather than post an answer. – Dan K Jul 15 at 10:27
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    @DanK things change and progress. That 7 year old question was fine for the time, but other options have become available since then, so adding an updated question could help someone searching tomorrow. Answers are not snapshots - why would we not update them over time ? – Criggie Jul 15 at 18:39
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It's important that no amendments go unnoticed, to prevent spam, vandalism, etc. For me it's a huge strength of stack exchange to allow edits to improve accuracy and readability in questions, which needs us to moderate the changes. Criggie has mentioned how the majority of readers of the site find what they need by (Google) search.

Skipping to solutions... When you are on the home page of bicycles.se, the filtering options are limited and probably won't give you what you seek. Hot questions includes questions with most activity recently, (hover over each link to get a definition) so that might not be any better.

However, if you click Questions on the left hand vertical menu, the filters are a bit more intuitive. The default filter is Newest, so you can see only the most recent questions and select which ones you want to give an answer to. There is also Custom Filters on the right hand side of the page, you might find a setting on there that you like to use.

If you like Newest, you could make https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions the link you click to access b.se, then you would load that page directly when you log in.

All Questions bicycles.se screen grab

  • I beg to differ regarding Google search, take a popular groupset / drivetrain, lets use Shimano 105 R7000 drivetrain as a search term. 6 pages in on google and bi.se is nowhere to be seen. I suspect that most people perform a search on the bi.se site as this finds many more results with a lot less keywords R7000 gives you an idea. It's common knowledge if your not on the first couple of pages of Google, people search elsewhere. – Dan K Jul 16 at 8:10
  • @DanK I can't see the value in discussing that but will point out that bse gets 27 thousand visits per day, so there are lots of ways that people interact with the site daily in addition to our own user experience (sample size of 1). Is anyone getting close to answering the question? – Swifty Jul 16 at 8:34
  • I'll see how I go with the filter options – Dan K Jul 16 at 9:07

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