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.


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?

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  • 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. – Tobias Kienzler Aug 4 '10 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 '10 at 15:02
  • @Tobias. Also, take your time on the accept, see if better answers come along =D – devinb Aug 4 '10 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) – Tobias Kienzler Aug 4 '10 at 18:07
  • @Tobias It's an open question. No one really knows. – devinb Aug 4 '10 at 18:28

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