I'm trying to figure out what to do about questions that have been solved, yet have no answers. I don't mean just no upvoted/accepted answers, I mean none at all.
It usually happens because the OP figures it out himself, or someone in the comments gives a "hint" that gives it to them. The question stays open, because nobody bothers to write up an answer.
In some cases, the OP will edit the question with an ugly "SOLVED: " header in the title and write a paragraph that shows the solution, but still no "answer".
For instance, search for
[your-favorite-tage-here] answers:0 "solved".
Now, I could:
Vote to close some as too localized, because frankly, a lot of them are. The problem with that is that most of these questions are old and stale, and the close vote will just wither away.
Flag for moderator attention to handle the above point. This feels icky to me, don;t ask me why. Seems they have enough on their hands, and I'm just trying to do some peripheral cleanup without adding to the mod workload.
Answer the question, based on the solution(s) given. This implies also editing the "answer" out of the original question to make it look right. Seems "proper" at first glance, but this will also bump an old, basically useless question to the front page. Of course, it'll make myself look like a necromancing rep-whore at the same time, but whatever.
Leave it alone. Does having these questions around really matter?
What is the right thing to do here?