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The goal:

reduce the number of tumbleweeds in SO. Sure, some of the questions are hopeless due to them being unclear, unreadable, or just too general, but some just got forgotten for no good reason.

The means:

Each tumbleweed that will eventually get an accepted answer will reward the answering user +5 rep more than a usual accepted answer.

Furthermore, I think we need to draw more attention to tumbleweeds, by linking to the tumbleweed page from the main SO page.

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  1. Revival and necromancer badges seem to target the same problem already.
  2. Maybe it's just me, but additional 5 points for accepted answer isn't gonna change my behaviour in any way. If a tumbleweed question in the area of my knowledge poped up into my face, I would answer it even now. But I'm not gonna start trawling question archive for the lousy 5 reputation points.

I do agree, though, that bringing tumbleweeds more efficiently to people's attention might help. (but how to do it is a tricky question, as we already have some tools to access old questions)

My two cents.

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Good points. Still, it saddens me that there are so many tumbleweeds (14 in the last 4h), most of them (11/14) by users with rep below 10 (AKA newcomers). This could drive them out of SO community. Do you have suggestions to achieve this goal otherwise? –  HuBeZa Jan 23 '11 at 15:51
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@HuBeZa Actually, before today I didn't give much attention to 'unanswered' tab at all :) Now, that I know of its existence, I'll try it and see how good it is. –  Nikita Rybak Jan 23 '11 at 16:26
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