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Meta could use a close flag of type "no longer relevant".

Examples where this would be appropriate:

The current practice of using duplicate for this purpose is a kludge (and in the case of the merge tags example, there is no dupe to point to).

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Having just been through a number of Close Votes where the subject was definitely on-topic I also agree with the no longer relevant suggestion. The questions were not off-topic according to the purpose of this forum, they were merely old or an answer had been discovered by the OP. So, pedantically, I didn't feel I could vote to close the question as none of the reasons for closure seemed to apply.

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I agree (+1) with this new Close category being implemented and suggest that, in the meantime, the best option may be to propose closure as Off-topic in the Other category saying:

This question appears to be off-topic because it is about something which is no longer relevant.

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It would be nice to have questions tagged with "not relevant anymore", instead of closing them with a reason that does not apply for the given situation (e.g. off-topic).

If this get to be implemented:

I would suggest that if the question is unanswered and it fits as "not relevant anymore", then, I believe there should be an answer explaining why. That would be likable because:

  1. It would keep good statistics records by keeping relevant threads out of the unanswered list.
  2. Current unanswered relevant questions would have more chances to get a response.
  3. It would avoid discussions about why a thread was marked "not relevant anymore", in cases the reason is not so clear.

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