How to get attention for your old, unanswered questions
I have seen this happen on SO multiple times:
Like for example here: Patch an application I had to resist a strong urge to downvote all the answers here.
The poster did not get any good response to the original question because it may not have been phrased very well and there may have been some points that were not clear - and out of sympathy+my own interest in the subject, I have tried to rephrase and focus the question better: How to update application files using patching? - Not a single answer. Is the question phrased badly?
This IMHO nullifies the value of SO and shows the real attitude of most people here - gather easy reputation by answering easy questions while not bothering with the harder ones.
How to deal with this? By placing bounty on the question? I personally do not see this question bounty-worthy and it would only prove the point that people do not bother to put any effort in non-mainstream topics.