As Ubuntu grows older, I'm finding that some answers no longer apply to the version that I'm using -- and if I don't know the answer I wouldn't know that the answer that I read is not applicable to my situation (unless this is stated somewhere in the answer).

Let me give two examples:

  1. I am using 15.04 on one of my computers. This version has adopted "systemd" (vs upstart). Consequently, there will be a large number of answers on AskUbuntu, that will tell me how to install an app using upstart -- in my situation I would consider these obsolete answers.
  2. A second example has to do with the use of the command "gksu". Just recently, I read an answer stating that the use of gksu is not recommended (by Ubuntu developers). See: Why is gksu no longer installed by default? If this is true, then questions regarding the use of gksu are irrelevant (and should be considered obsolete), and the amount of time I spent reading answers about gksu was all for nothing. And, had I not read this one answer I would have continued to use this command.

So, should there be some way to bring to my (and other 15.04 users) attention, that these answers are not relevant to my use of 15.04? Or, is there some way to do this already?

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    Irrelevant to your use. 14.04 and 12.04 continue to be widely used and will be supported after 15.04 dies. They're not yet obsolete.
    – muru
    Sep 22, 2015 at 14:14
  • @muru the point of my question is to say that certain "subjects" that have to do with 12.04 are no longer relevant (or obsolete) when applied to newer versions like 15.04 -- I'm not saying that any version is or isn't obsolete.
    – TJK
    Sep 24, 2015 at 20:54

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You'll see on many posts that are applicable across releases that answers have headers that say, for example:

For 13.04 and later

Until 12.04

And so on. If you're sure that the post is no longer applicable from a release onwards, add a header stating so (and, hopefully, an answer that's applicable to that release).

  • Why are there not any such indicators in the headers of: askubuntu.com/questions/284306/… And I'm not clear on what the header is... is it part of the title? Or is it something that can be applied to answers as well?
    – TJK
    Sep 24, 2015 at 21:03
  • @TJK part of the answer: askubuntu.com/a/59920/158442. Why should that answer have headers? The question itself isn't applicable to older releases, and the answer is applicable to all future releases.
    – muru
    Sep 25, 2015 at 2:23

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