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I asked a question almost as soon as I get my account. I got a few decent answers, but I didn't get the information I wanted. The question has long since become buried by newer questions, and there's still no accepted answer. Unfortunately, because there are six answers, it probably looks to a casual observer like the question was answered and I just neglected to mark any answer as accepted.

So what's the protocol for me to try to get this question answered? I see several options:

  1. Post the question a second time, possibly linking to the original, to get it back onto the new page. This is encouraged on sites like Reddit. However, it's probably not appropriate here, since we're encouraged to check for dupes and not submit a question that's already been asked by someone else, so this probably falls under that heading.

  2. Wait for some kind of wiki-like talk page to be implemented, then post a plea on the talk page for input and hope that activity on the talk page bumps up the question.

  3. Do nothing further on the Stack Overflow website. If I edit my post to say that I haven't accepted any of the current answers but are looking for more, then the question might get answered eventually by people browsing through old questions to find something they can answer.

  4. Post the question on other sites, but link to my original question on Stack Overflow. People will either answer here, or they'll answer on the other site and I can post the accepted answer here myself. This might be considered spamming for Stack Overflow, so it might be better to do this without the link.

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There's a corresponding issue with good answers to old questions not getting voted up. At least right now, most of the attention is on the newest questions - this is the "fastest gun" problem. –  Jay Bazuzi Sep 22 '08 at 2:12
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Maybe this should be its own question, but I wonder if awarding more points for upvoted/accepted answers on posts older than a certain age would be helpful. –  devuxer Jul 22 '09 at 1:11
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It would be funny if this question got ignored and forgotten about. –  Troggy Jul 22 '09 at 20:39
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@Jay Bazuzi: Yeah, I noticed that, too. My great answers only get little upvotes, because it takes some time to research and write, whereas my trivial answers get many, because they were fast. Actually I noticed that I often first answer with one link or a short code snippet first and only then edit my answer to add some text around it. –  NikiC Jul 31 '10 at 22:32
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I would suggest to add the ability to mark a question as "unanswered" once for every question (and after a certain period since it was posted). This would bump up the question with a special color/sign to let people know they have a reason to look into it. –  Elist Jun 21 '13 at 8:35

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  1. You can "bump" your thread by editing the question to provide status and progress updates resulting from your own continued efforts to answer the question yourself. I usually do that unless I really hit a dead end with no further clues to follow. Some times I eventually bring about enough understanding to realise the answer, and thus post a resolution to my own problem.

  2. If you have at least 75 rep points, you can offer a bounty, promising to give some of your points to the person who correctly answers your question.

Do not post your question a second time, as it will be closed as a duplicate of your first question.

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What should I do if I have posted a feature-request? I cant work on it myself in any way but just want to get attention to people. Wont editing the question just to rephrase it and attract more pple bit of a fowl play ? –  MozenRath Feb 9 '12 at 6:45
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Related blog post: How to get your questions answered? –  Tom Wijsman Mar 5 '12 at 5:58
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Regarding bounty: obviously, from point #2, the intent is to give bounty to the person who correctly answers the question; however, as implemented, if the bounty investor feels that none of the answers are correct and doesn't manually award the bounty, half of it will still go to one of the (incorrect) answers anyway, thus defeating the intent of bounty, IMHO. –  RobH Aug 7 '13 at 16:46
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Thanks, how can I check if my question was "bumped"?. I just made my edit, hopefully someone will see it ;) –  dna2 Aug 27 '13 at 7:38
    
@gparyani your edit, while a true statement, isn't a way to get attention to your old post since you can't control what Community will bump. –  psubsee2003 Nov 10 '13 at 22:47
    
Are there any options for first-time (< 75 rep) users who find an old question that they also have, but none of the answers on the question are valid? I don't infrequently see "Me too!" type answers pop up in the first post review queue on old, unanswered questions. –  Jason C Feb 25 at 18:32
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Totally agree with @RobH . As implemented, the bounty system is particularly hard for new users to use, because their precious rep can be "stolen" or "wasted" by someone who gives a partial answer that doesn't do the job but does qualify for the bounty. If you have 10k rep you don't care. If you have 100 rep you care a lot. –  GreenAsJade Mar 16 at 3:11
    
Can you clarify what happens when you edit your own question? You say this is "bumping", which to me means it goes back to the top of the list, just as if it were a new question. Is this truly what happens in the case of an edit to an existing question? –  Josh Jun 24 at 20:25
    
It goes up in the list of "active" questions –  rhermans Sep 3 at 17:00
    
Do not post your question a second time, as it will be closed as a duplicate of your first question. - Questions can't be voted duplicates of unanswered questions (voter is alerted that "This question does not have an upvoted or accepted answer"). –  jbaums Oct 30 at 9:35

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