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When a question gets several answers, upvoted, clearly correct, and the person asking disappears, should we flag for mod attention, is there something the mods do to "teach" the user to not do that?

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marked as duplicate by Time Traveling Bobby, Martijn Pieters, Bo Persson, Joachim Sauer, Servy Feb 27 '13 at 15:29

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Sorry, we don't chain people to the site. – Martijn Pieters Feb 27 '13 at 14:46
You folks have several rules about doing stuff over here - like the timing rules, the minimum reputation needed to do stuff etc.. Why not introduce a new one? – George Katsanos Feb 27 '13 at 14:48
And what new rule would that be? – Bart Feb 27 '13 at 14:48
an idea: you get a notification after X days if you got over an X number of answers: are you happy with the answer? Yes -> pick it, No-> New notification after X days... – George Katsanos Feb 27 '13 at 14:49
Users already get notified of new answers when they visit the site. I don't see why would would need to poke them more than that. – Bart Feb 27 '13 at 14:50
@GeorgeKatsanos: because you can try and steer peoples actions, but you cannot force them out of in-action. If you come here and do stuff, do it this way. If you stay away, more power to you. – Martijn Pieters Feb 27 '13 at 14:50
If the person disappears, what do you plan to do to bring them back? Why force them back if they aren't interested? – LittleBobbyTables Feb 27 '13 at 14:50
IMO comments by answerers/passers-by are sufficient. If the OP doesn't want to play nice, oh well. – Dave Newton Feb 27 '13 at 14:50
@LittleBobbyTables I've seen some of the moderators; I suggest going all Sopranos on them. – Dave Newton Feb 27 '13 at 14:51
I was only thinking something in the likes of negative reputation to that person, and gather all these points in a bonus pool to be distributed to other questions/answers, or an auto-accept of an answer which got over an X number of upvotes. It would be safe to accept an answer with 10,15,20 upvotes when the others are between 0 and 2 for example. At least that's my idea:) – George Katsanos Feb 27 '13 at 14:52
Example: You abandon a question with decent answers, you get a -10 rep, and before you can keep on asking you need to answer a question yourself.. – George Katsanos Feb 27 '13 at 14:53
@GeorgeKatsanos Community accepted answers have been proposed several times before. General consensus is that that's what upvotes are for. – Bart Feb 27 '13 at 14:53
@Bart well, ok:) Let's just say one more vote for that then!.. I was thinking about it quite a while and thought I'd raise it over here. – George Katsanos Feb 27 '13 at 14:54
@GeorgeKatsanos… – Bart Feb 27 '13 at 14:56
up vote 3 down vote accepted

It does not matter if a user abandons a question. The content in the question and the answers matter and not if it is owned by someone or not.

I have come across lot of questions that have been abandoned by users but still have helped others facing the same problem. Sometimes, I leave faq links on new users' questions to make them realize how to make best use of accepting answers that might help others. You can only do so much to point them in the right direction.

Some users really take good note of the inputs. That really encourages me to think that at least there are users who listen to your inputs and also act upon it.

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Nope. Nothing that can, nor should be done. Certainly don't flag for moderator attention. They can't do anything about it.

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This is the best answer. Why isn't it accepted?! – Bo Persson Feb 27 '13 at 15:04
@BoPersson Abandoned I guess. – Bart Feb 27 '13 at 15:04

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