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When I was a new user, I asked a question and got lots of answers. I just recently asked a question and got no answers -- only intelligent comments. Why am I not getting answers anymore now that I've got more reputation?

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There was not a single complete sentence in your question... – Tyler Carter Nov 13 '10 at 3:17
If all your questions look like this, I can tell why no one answers. You probably haven't given then enough information to answer it properly. – Tyler Carter Nov 13 '10 at 3:47
maybe people are afraid of sounding stupid; if your reputation is so much higher than theirs, they may feel as if they're not qualified to answer. – jcomeau_ictx Nov 13 '10 at 4:42
593 rep is hardly high... – kennytm Nov 13 '10 at 9:02
you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink... – IAbstract Nov 13 '10 at 19:49

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There are several reasons for not getting answers. Possibilities include:

  • If you don't have a high accept rate, that disinclines some people from answering (not everyone though; I rarely look at the accept rate)
  • If you ask a question no-one knows the answer to, then obviously it'll be hard to get answers
  • There are few other people who have experience in the relevant field, and they happen not to see your question
  • Your question is asked badly

Of these options, I'd say that the last is by far the most common reason for a lack of answers. I have a guide to asking questions well - do your questions meet the suggestions in that guide?

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587 reputation probably isn't enough to dissuade people from answering; maybe your question is just unclear. You've asked 8 questions in the last two days and 7 have gotten answers, so I assume you're talking about this one. Somebody asked for clarification and you left a sarcastic reply without answering -- maybe you should actually answer that comment and see if it helps? Or maybe it just happens that nobody knows the answer; 16 unanswered questions out of 158 asked isn't bad

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