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How do I get attention for old, unanswered questions?

I was wondering if it was possible to push your question on Stack Overflow back to the front if it has not been answered and not many people got a chance to see it

  • Ah thank you, I did not think of phrasing it that way so I did not come across that post. – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 16:01

There are several ways unanswered questions can get some lovin':

  1. Make a sensible edit to your question. Edits will bump your question onto the active tab.
    • make sure your edit improves your question. Try to identify why you have not been getting any answers and address the problem
    • be careful not to do this too often. Editing it 10 times will automatically convert it into a community wiki.
  2. Put a bounty on it. That will place it in the featured tab as well as bump it to the front page.
  3. Share a link to your question on social media sites to drive some attention to it. As a bonus, you'll stand a chance to earn some badges.
  4. Pray that the Community user picks your question. Pray really hard.

See also: Getting attention for unanswered questions?

  • Thanks for all of the different ideas. Really appreciate it, and shall be sure to remember to use these in the future! – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 16:04

Putting a bounty on the question will make it appear on the featured tab, and bump onto the front page of "active". Here's a full list of things that happen when you put a bounty on a question.


There is a chance if you or someone else starts a bounty on it. It appears in the featured tab..

  • Oh i see. Thank you for the info! – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 15:50

If you edit your post, answer your own question, or set a bounty on it, it'll pop to the top of the active list.

  • So if my rep is too low to use bounty, I would be able to comment on it and send it back up on interesting? – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 15:53
  • @Russell "Commenting" isn't the same as "editing" or "answering". – Dave Newton Jun 13 '12 at 15:56
  • Ah ok. Yeah i was looking over the options on the post and i tried commenting to bump it back up, but i see the edit option instead. Thanks for the info! – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 15:57

Aside from trying to push your question to the front, you should also try to reach outside of the SO community and share the link via Twitter, Facebook, G+, etc. This'll help get you a better answer and might just bring more people into the community.

  • Ah well unfortunately my friends are not very skilled in any kind of programming. – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 15:54
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    @Russell Other people besides your friends can see things like Twitter posts--hashtags can get attention. Targeting an @ user/group/list with related skills may get attention... depending on the target. – Dave Newton Jun 13 '12 at 15:57
  • Hmm I did not think about that. Very good suggestion, although i am loathe to use twitter for anything. Seems it would be a good idea to make one. Thanks! – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 15:58
  • @Russell If you are loathe to use your "real" account, create an alias/handle. I know the corporations don't like this, but it's been a part of the interwebs for decades. – hafichuk Jun 13 '12 at 16:01
  • Good idea. I am not sure why corporations would be upset by it, but luckily I am interning for a small company so I won't have to worry about that. Thanks for the advice. – Russell Jun 13 '12 at 16:03

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