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Take for example this question. The top answer is pretty great, and as such it has received a lot of votes. But it is not the winning answer.

Should we flag such questions for moderator attention? If not, what else should we do?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Note that in some cases, the OP might have accepted a winning answer that was later beaten. I think that this is fine as long as the contest was open for a reasonable amount of time. OP's should not be required to re-accept every time a new winning answer comes along. \$\endgroup\$ May 24 '15 at 3:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Calvin'sHobbies: Good point. Someone who posted a challenge 4 years ago and accepted an answer that was beaten yesterday probably shouldn't be expected to care. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 24 '15 at 3:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlexA. Right. Very old challenges can be considered 'retired' and should not be expected to be updated. It's a hassle for the OP and possibly confusing for others who are used to seeing the old answer as the accepted one. \$\endgroup\$ May 24 '15 at 3:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Calvin'sHobbies And if the authors of said old challenges do still care, they have probably already taken note of the new answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 24 '15 at 3:54
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No, you should not. There is nothing a moderator can do in this situation that you cannot, and the flag would be declined as "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention" (emphasis mine).

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Don't flag them, leave a comment

Leave a comment for the OP informing them that another answer has won per their set challenge guidelines.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The OP will already have received a notification of the new answer, so although it doesn't hurt to leave a comment, it seems redundant if the OP isn't already interested in new answers. \$\endgroup\$
    – trichoplax
    May 24 '15 at 10:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ @trichoplax Agreed. \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 24 '15 at 16:35
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Do nothing

Take no action at all. As long as the challenge was open for a reasonable amount of time, there's no need to intervene.

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    \$\begingroup\$ +1 from me (can't vote) \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 24 '15 at 3:45
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Flag them

This would require a custom moderator flag.

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    \$\begingroup\$ -1 from me (can't vote) \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    May 24 '15 at 3:41

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