I think many don't even know Necromancer exists.

Could an easily accessible UI tab be provided to highlight two month old questions with no answers and a score >= 0? This would both enable people to find them and encourage answering to get a shiny silver badge.

Currently you have to craft a special search by answers:0, votes:0 (really means score >= 0), closed:0, sort by newest, and change to a specific page in the results.

  • This may be pre-empted by the general homepage redesign for SO, but still applies to other SE sites.
    – Gnome
    Nov 1, 2010 at 9:31
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    +1, but for the record, Necrophilia and Necromancy have surprisingly little in common.
    – MPelletier
    Nov 1, 2010 at 13:51
  • Especially if you consider the end result rather than the, hmm, material.
    – MPelletier
    Nov 1, 2010 at 13:52
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    @MPe: I know; was just trying to have a bit of fun with the title. ;)
    – Gnome
    Nov 1, 2010 at 13:53
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    As an unrelated note, I highly appreciated the combination of the question title and the @Roger Pate's current avatar.
    – GSerg
    Nov 1, 2010 at 19:36
  • @MPelletier, the necromancer badge is for someone who profits from resurrecting old questions (5 upvotes). The necrophiliac badge would be for someone who touches dead questions for the sake of it. :)
    – Nemo
    May 1, 2015 at 13:14

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The query can be made much better (run search on SO):

answers:0 votes:1.. closed:0 created:..2m

In general it means

  • answers:0 - has exactly 0 answers
  • votes:1.. - has 1 or more votes
  • closed:0 - is not closed
  • created:..2m - created 2 months ago or earlier

When posted this answer it meant

search options
not closed
score>= 1
answers 0
created .. 2016-09-15

PS: It would've been cool to get Necromancer badge on a question about it)))

  • @Glorfindel, updated an answer.
    – Qwertiy
    Nov 15, 2016 at 17:31
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    I don't think the votes option is necessary. It isn't mentioned in the list of badges that the question's score needs to be positive.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Nov 15, 2016 at 17:33
  • @Glorfindel, then why does the question contain "votes:0 (really means score >= 0)"? By some reason I thought that both question and answer have to be upvoted.
    – Qwertiy
    Nov 15, 2016 at 17:34
  • IDK, it has been six years since this question was asked and the criteria might have changed. IMHO, it is even more badge-worthy to provide a 5-score answer to a negative scoring question.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Nov 15, 2016 at 17:36
  • @Glorfindel, Reversal - Provide an answer of +20 score to a question of -5 score. This badge can be awarded multiple times. Don't think, it's easy to earn :)
    – Qwertiy
    Nov 15, 2016 at 17:39
  • That's a different league (and therefore a gold badge). I have some of them on Meta Stack Overflow.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Nov 15, 2016 at 17:40

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