Many times the OP asks questions, and completely ignores the answers. For new questions it is still OK, as there is a fair chance of voting by other users.
When answering old questions, this is a real issue. I understand there a some badges to promote this, but if you see the view count in some of the tags is really less.
What I noticed with many people asking questions, and not minding the answer is that adding a comment to the question, such as "Did it help?" trigger some response.
What I am suggesting is that there should be some kind of respite for users who answer unanswered questions, and did not get any response.
When there is a answer as unanswered questions and in 2 days if there were votes, no-comments (indicating the problems in the answer), and no other accepted answer, the user should get:
- some kind of message or indication that they have not-responded to an answer
- may be an e-mail
- the reputation increased of 1 or 2
If there is any kind of activity in the answer, it means that the answer has been at least been considered. If someone spend time in helping you, they at-least deserve a comment!