I am curious to know if the Community user really pokes unanswered questions.

Community User profile says:

Randomly poke old unanswered questions every hour so they get some attention

In my past experience I have seen Community poke questions which have a answer but it was not accepted. I have never seen a poke by Community which has no answer (not even unaccepted one). Am I missing something?

I believe as one of the prime objective of Community User is to poke unanswered questions. I do not want to bump my questions or any specific question. I am curious to know why Community User does not seems to poke question having no answer at all?


In Stack Exchange, "unanswered" means a question that either has no answers whatsoever or the answers it does have do not have a score greater than 0 and none has been accepted.

Per the FAQ:

The Community user will bump non-negatively scored questions that have at least one answer scoring 0 and none scoring more than that.

So what you're seeing is by design.

  • i feel it could have been directed towards question having no answers at all. why to poke question for which a one time unregistered user raised and forgot to accept. if the question is bad it will be purged if not it will be noticed. – Pushpak Mar 16 '15 at 15:38
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    @Pushpak You're assuming that the question author validated the answer and found it to be a correct quality answer. Since they never acted on it, we don't in fact know that. The answer could be worthless, or at least low quality/incorrect. We won't even have any basis for discussing its quality until some users have voted on it. – Servy Mar 16 '15 at 15:50
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    @servy point noted – Pushpak Mar 16 '15 at 15:53

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