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How do I get attention for my old, unanswered questions?

I posted a question on Stack Exchange but I did not get answer even after a day. What am I supposed to do? Do I need to repost the question? Or shall I post new question by linking to the old question?

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    Don't repost (never repost). Wait another day, and then set a bounty on the question.
    – yannis
    May 17, 2012 at 9:58
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    I've seen people do this, and I've always wondered why they think this might be appropriate? If you send someone an email and they don't answer right away, do you keep re-sending it until they answer it? What about a text message? May 17, 2012 at 9:58
  • @Yannis Rizos I'm not trying to defend reposting a question, but not everyone has the reputation to set a bounty (this user hasn't).
    – Niek
    May 17, 2012 at 10:43
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    @NiekdeKlein Well, he's very close though. But even if he was at 1 rep, reposting is bad.
    – yannis
    May 17, 2012 at 10:56

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Don't repost...ever! A day is not a very long time to pass. You might instead want to have a good look at your question. Is it clearly phrased? Can it be answered with the information there? Etc. Added bonus is that, should you update/improve it, it will be bumped up again.

  • ok i will wait. But question is fully informative . I got upvote for it. but did not get the answer I will try update it.
    – thej
    May 17, 2012 at 10:00
  • Surely you're not talking about this question that you asked 5 hours ago, right? But it's your only recent question that's received an upvote, so you must be. May 17, 2012 at 10:01
  • ok I will wait till i get answer
    – thej
    May 17, 2012 at 10:02
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    If @TheEstablishment linked to the question you're talking about then 1. Be patient 2. There are surely things you can do to improve it.
    – Bart
    May 17, 2012 at 10:04
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    I don't even guarantee responses to text messages within 5 hours. Surely questions you post to an online Q&A site should at least get 24-48 hours before you start to get worried or agitated. Sometimes people sleep, you know. Even experts. May 17, 2012 at 10:09

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