To remain consistent with the

Have you considered accepting an answer or starting a bounty for this question?

for questions which have answers but none was accepted,

Have you considered starting a bounty for this question?

should be displayed for 0-answers questions as well.

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As I mentioned here

Assuming that you have already done the following:

  1. Re-evaluated the question to see if it could be made clearer.
  2. Re-evaluated the question to see if it could be made shorter.
  3. Engaged with any responses or comments and edited to incorporate feedback. N/A this time.
  4. Continued working on the problem on your own and updated the question with new information.
  5. Considered a bounty.

Bounties are not meant to replace steps 1-4. In fact, if you haven't go through those earlier steps, then adding a bounty will likely not help at all. Adding a bounty on unanswerable questions will generate bad answers.

I think a better message would be.

Have you considered any of the suggestions in the Style Guidelines for Questions?

  • That's an even better message, I'll accept it in 5 minutes. Although I don't like the assumption that an unanswered question is really unanswerable. Aug 4, 2010 at 14:11
  • Well, that's the point of my post. :) Unanswered doesn't mean unanswerable, but the onus is still on the OP to improve their post.
    – devinb
    Aug 4, 2010 at 15:02
  • @Tobias. Also, take your time on the accept, see if better answers come along =D
    – devinb
    Aug 4, 2010 at 15:08
  • the accept-check can be moved later on again in case a "correcter" answer shows up, or do questions with accepted answers really discourage others from posting useful answers? I stumbled upon some questions where the highest voted answer was posted after the accepted answer (although I'm not sure whether it was also accepted before the new answer showed up) Aug 4, 2010 at 18:07
  • @Tobias It's an open question. No one really knows.
    – devinb
    Aug 4, 2010 at 18:28

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