There are so many questions which have no answers but are solved. What should happen with them?

Why nothing is not good answer:

  1. These questions are displayed in unanswered list.
  2. These questions cannot be selected as duplicate.
  3. Reading such question is a time spending until you realise that question was resolved. It's annoying.
  • 3
    ...... nothing?
    – yannis
    Jul 2 '13 at 1:59
  • 1
    @Yannis, updated.
    – sectus
    Jul 2 '13 at 2:04
  • Are you referring to where an answer is in the comments or where there is no answers at all (not even in the comments), but the questioner said that they have solved the issue, with no answer to their own question? Jul 2 '13 at 2:22
  • @Qantas94Heavy, and this and that.
    – sectus
    Jul 2 '13 at 2:23
  • @sectus: if you come across such questions, most likely it's better to flag or vote to close, especially if it's quite an old question. Jul 2 '13 at 2:28
  • @Qantas94Heavy, there is no such option in flag menu. But could be.
    – sectus
    Jul 2 '13 at 2:31
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    Closing as too localized could be the right thing to do.. oh wait, it doesn't exist anymore...
    – slugster
    Jul 2 '13 at 3:17
  • 1
    We burn the user!
    – Cole Tobin
    Jul 2 '13 at 4:15
  • Add a formal answer...
    – Dynamic
    Jul 2 '13 at 4:19
  • Wouldn't the first step be to leave a comment asking the OP to post their solution as a new answer? (assuming it's a relatively recent question)
    – jcsanyi
    Jul 2 '13 at 4:21
  • @jcsanyi: I thought this was about when the OP says they found the answer but doesn't post that anywhere. Jul 2 '13 at 5:51
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    @Qantas94Heavy yes - I think the first step should be to encourage the OP to contribute an answer, regardless of whether they said what the answer was or just said it was solved.
    – jcsanyi
    Jul 2 '13 at 6:08
  • @jcsanyi, there is another small problem that OP with rep less than 100 cannot answer himself in 8 hours.
    – sectus
    Jul 2 '13 at 6:10
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    Blackmail the OP: if he doesn't post the solution he have found, we will mass downvote ^^ Jul 2 '13 at 7:12
  • @jcsanyi, and i think that ask to write answer similar to ask close NARQ question for example.
    – sectus
    Jul 2 '13 at 7:26

Often the user mentions the solution or says "that worked!" in reply to a comment. In those cases I copy the comment to a new answer, marked community wiki.


What should happen with them?

  • Suggest OP answers their own question
  • Make an answer yourself with the solution

These questions are displayed in unanswered list.

This is correct.
They are technically and literally unanswered - they "have no answer".

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    Three of your five suggested bullets are completely inappropriate actions to take. Only the first and fourth are appropriate.
    – Servy
    May 1 '15 at 20:04
  • @Servy "completely inappropriate"? Care to expand as to why?
    – James
    May 1 '15 at 20:05
  • Questions should not be edited to say "resolved" ever. If they're answered, the existence of the answer is already indicated from the question list. Questions shouldn't be closed just because the OP has gotten a solution; none of the close reasons are applicable for such a situation. If the question meets some other close reason then that's unrelated to whether the OP has found their solution.
    – Servy
    May 1 '15 at 20:08
  • @Servy Hmm, true. I think I answered this question too directly, in that at the moment leaving unanswered yet resolved questions hanging is bad, and my list is an improvement on their current state. i.e. OP states "annoying discovering is resolved after reading through the question + comments" so adding "resolved" at the top resolves that also. But you are right, thanks for the note - have removed the less savoury ones and left the most appropriate outcomes. Cheers
    – James
    May 1 '15 at 20:17

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