There's been a number of suggestions that an answer reminder be sent, but here's some new / fresh ideas to that:
- 'Poke' the Question Asker: There should be a way of buzzing that user / sending them a notification, asking to please close. This would be similar to Facebook's former 'poke'. This is a friendly way of reminding people to respond.
- 'Tutorial' for New Users: Often, new user see StackOverFlow more like a forum, than a Q&A. It'd be great to include a 'tutorial', or reminder somehow that you then are expected to select the appropriate answer.
What do you think? There's a lot of similar thought, but I'm not sure they've quite got what I'm thinking. Happy to clarify further.
For Poke, it would need to avoid being annoying & irritating. Easy way of doing this is to add an age & score restriction, as well as potentially it being a privilege. If you can be in the habit of accepting an asked question, it's nothing to worry about. It's to cover those times where the question should actually be accepted.