As time goes on, some questions and answers are getting out of date. This is especially true of answers that cite behavior of specific, older versions of software in a general manner.
An unreleased version (well, it's released as a beta, but is intended to be a version release 0.8) of the bitcoin.org client alters the syncronization process, which should heavily reduce the time required to get the client functional. If I understand it correctly, the process will be faster through being less disk intensive.
That version is now released and the behavior is default.
How should we handle questions and answers such as these?