See this edit for an example: a four years old question contains a link to the then-current documentation. The world has moved on since, and someone changes the old link to point to the new documentation instead. Is this appropriate? Would it be better to leave the old link alone (provided it's still valid) and add the link to the new version?

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An edit should really only be approved if it materially improves the original post.

For this specific instance, and since MySQL 5.7 is still supported and available for download, the edit is unnecessary.

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