I am pretty new to all the SO/SU/SF business, so apologies if I miss out on some feature I still don't know, but I was wondering if it would make sense to have a system like this:
- After a given amount of inactivity of a question, the owner is reminded of said question and given the choice between: (A) selecting an answer as accepted (B) postponing the reminder of another X days
- If the user does not make a choice within say 5 days since the choice is made available to him/her, the question gets automatically in a irreversible state of "community vote": in this state users with reputation > X would be authorised to cast votes for that question:
- They can vote for any answer (meaning: this answer actually answer the question and should be selected as the accepted one).
- They can vote for eliminating the entire question (if none of the answer provided does actually answer the question)
- The first counter (either for an answer either for the will to eliminate the question) hitting 10 will determine the status of "answered" or the deletion of the question.
Eliminating an entire question might seem extreme (after all there might still be some useful info in the thread) but looking at the global picture rather than to the specific case, I believe we would achieve the following benefits:
- We would have a workaround for users who simply don't care completing the job they did not conclude.
- While we would still allow for the owners of the question to freely pick any answer that in their opinion deals with their question in the best way, we would also impede that a user deliberately block a good answer to become an accepted one (for example because in the thread some responder have expressed criticism towards the question).
- We would preserve a good ratio between signal and noise in the ever-growing database of the platform (as all the old questions must provide answers to be kept in the DB).
Just my two cents to the discussion, feedbacks welcome! :)