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Policies and practices for determining when a question has been abandoned and what to do about it.

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Are there any incentives to answering inactive questions?

On the Chemistry SE site, I sometimes answer inactive questions to help the poor asker out. However, my efforts are mostly in vain, since neither the OP nor the community would realize that I had ...
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Hidden Negitive Reputation Score [duplicate]

With all the down voting going on why not have the number next to your profile picture also reflect negative reputation that people including you can't see? Why isn't there a box where they can put ...
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Turn off the roomba for child meta sites

Automatic deletion is useful and great on main sites, but on child metas it deletes my negatively voted feature-requests. >:( Can it be turned off for child metas?
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Should we flag abandoned questions for deletion?

I can't find a clear policy on this. I consider a question to be abandoned when: It has no answers, and It has at least one comment asking for clarification, suggesting that it can't be answered ...
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Can a moderator set an accepted answer? [duplicate]

How may I reference the script tag that loaded the currently-executing script? is a good question with multiple good answers. Unfortunately, the person who asked the question seems to have deleted ...
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Abandoned questions and the new 'unclear what you're asking'

With the new 'on hold' system replacing the closing of questions, is it now acceptable to vote to put questions 'on hold' if the original questioner has apparently abandoned the question after being ...
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Force accepted-answer flag [duplicate]

It's a well-known problem that new/unregistered users tend to neglect accepting answers. This is usually because they just don't pick up on the concept. If new users wind up sticking around and ...
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New Vote to Closed Option - Abandoned

I'd like to see another option for Vote to Close: Abandoned Frequently, when trying to answer unanswered questions I'll run across questions that the asker has seemingly abandoned: https://...
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Unresponsive askers abandon questions

Here's an example of a question which seems, for lack of a better term, abandoned. The asker (at the time of this writing) hasn't even been on SO for a few months. There was clearly a desire to have ...
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When should we migrate vs. close and direct the asker to re-ask on the appropriate site

When a user asks an off-topic question before it's migrated we should look to see if they have an account on the site the question it to be migrated to. If they do, then migrate it, if they don't ...
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What to do when I abandon a question?

What should I do? Just leave it without accepted answer; or Accept answer that seems most useful without actual verifying it; or Vote to close; or Convert to community wiki or something else. If I "...
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I no longer need an answer to a question; what should I do to the question?

I had a problem earlier this day and started a question. To get stuff done, I eventually decided to circumvent the problem by doing it completely different. This means that I won't be able to try out ...
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What happens when an accepted answer is wrong but the OP is gone?

The accepted answer to How can I format as keyboard keys? says that you just need to use the <kbd> tag. This is no longer true, at least on Meta, which is pointed out by another answerer (and ...
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Force Accepted Answers on Questions by Inactive Users

As a disclaimer, I must admit this may benefit me (I haven't checked), but probably not as significantly as most others. This issue is also something that has prevented me from answering questions by ...
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