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Over at physics.SE, I've noticed many questions in the "unanswered" tab, which have excellent answers but aren't accepted. It could be for two reasons:

  • The OP didn't get an answer in xyz days so they forgot about it
  • The OP didn't realize that questions can be accepted.

I mainly want to address the first. Here's my proposal: When asking a question, a new user (one who has had nearly no activity) can get a little popup--the yellow type-- which asks him if he wants an email notification on receiving an answer on that question. I know that there are issues about spam; so I think that it should be limited to that question only, and the page should have a prominent "you have email notifications ON for this question. Do you wish to turn it OFF?"

For the second, I feel that a yellow popup "use this button to accept the answer" over the accept button (automatically opens on page load) should be enough; though I don't think that this is the primary issue.

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Note that by "no activity"; I do not mean rep; I mean if the user has not recently done anything and has <100 rep. –  Manishearth Mar 7 '12 at 11:57
    
AFAIK, unaccepted questions getting to know about them after some period of time by header popup, if user comes back to the site. Isn't it enough? –  om-nom-nom Mar 7 '12 at 12:00
    
@om-nom-nom they have to be logged in.. –  Manishearth Mar 7 '12 at 12:18

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When asking a question, a new user (one who has had nearly no activity) can get a little popup--the yellow type-- which asks him if he wants an email notification on receiving an answer on that question

This sort of exists:

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I feel that a yellow popup "use this button to accept the answer" over the accept button (automatically opens on page load) should be enough; though I don't think that this is the primary issue.

This popup can be annoying, but when you upvote an answer, you get a notification to accept the answer if it's helped

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For some reason I don't recall either; but idk.. –  Manishearth Mar 7 '12 at 12:19
    
@Sathya Well, it's really quite simple really.. but this isn't the forum to be asking (about se(x)) –  bobobobo Mar 7 '12 at 12:20

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