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I have asked a question on SO and it has been 24 hrs with only 8 views and 0 votes.
Currently it looks like a potential tumbleweed.

The problem is that it is now very unlikely that anyone will find this question and accidentally answer it -- meaning it will become a tumbleweed in around 6 days.

Is there anyway to prevent that? (I really prefer an answer to a badge :))

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Linking to the question here will certainly attract attention. I see both myself and Gamecat had the same idea... – Cody Gray May 19 '11 at 6:56
And even though your question is not that old yet, you might still try some of the classic strategies listed here: How to get attention for your old, unanswered questions – Cody Gray May 19 '11 at 6:56
Thanks all (and thanks for the up-vote on the SO question :)) – RonK May 19 '11 at 7:33
no one wants that cursed badge :P – Nick Dandoulakis May 19 '11 at 7:50
what about the gotta catch them all badge hunters? – lathomas64 Jun 6 '11 at 13:43
up vote 12 down vote accepted

You can edit the question to bump it back to the front page.

You can also put a bounty on it which puts it on display for 7 days.

And you could provide a link to the question in your meta question, which also increases the traffic to the post.

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Regarding "And you could provide a link to the question in your meta question, which also increases the traffic to the post", I believe he's asking about tumbleweed questions in general. Not just this particular tumbleweed question. – Pacerier Apr 30 '15 at 8:17

Posting link to the question here usually cause many people to look at the question - if not answer or comment, the view count will greatly increase so you'll most likely dodge the badge.

As with any question, adding more details and worst case starting a bounty usually help getting answers.

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