tl;dr : I commented on an old answer to show corrected links. Is there a better way?

This has recently come up for me because of the accepted answer for this question:
Is there a way to autodetect when a display is disconnected?

There were at least two outdated pieces of information which required updating, and for now, anyway, I've just left comments indicating this.

I would probably just edit the current answer if there was a one-for-one link replacement available, but I don't think that is the case here. Furthermore, I can't test the updated information because I don't have the set-up described in the question.

Should I nevertheless have put the updates inline in the answer, somehow, or are comments a reasonable way to do this? Is there a better way?

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Sure, just use your editing powers -- you have over 2k rep so click edit and edit generously to make improvements. What good are superpowers for great justice if you don't use them?! :)

( and, even anonymous users can submit suggested edits: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/02/suggested-edits-and-edit-review/ )


The Review system should have an option for searching for posts with deadlinks. I don't know if this will overtax the StackOverflow servers, though.

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    I love magic potions.
    – belacqua
    Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 22:41
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    This is in the making (not fully functional yet though). Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 23:22
  • @belacqua I meant to say "option", not "potion"(sorry for ignorance)
    – nanofarad
    Commented Jun 16, 2012 at 15:27
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    @ObsessiveFOSS I know, yet I couldn't resist. It was clearly a typo, but it was a nice one.
    – belacqua
    Commented Jun 16, 2012 at 18:23
  • @EliahKagan Hmm. What about automatically using the Internet archive(Wayback machine) to automatically fix bad links as a temporary measure until a new one can be suggested?
    – nanofarad
    Commented Jun 24, 2012 at 22:16
  • @ObsessiveFOSS I recommend posting a new question, requesting this feature. Then it can be discussed by itself. Commented Jun 24, 2012 at 23:52

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