Questions tagged [unanswered-questions]

Unanswered questions are those questions which have no up-voted or accepted answers.

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How do I get attention for one of my own questions without a good answer?

I asked a question almost as soon as I got my account. I got a few decent answers, but none of them helped solve my problem. The question has long since become buried by newer questions, and there's ...
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Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered, zero-score questions after a year?

Related to Meta Super User efforts: Old unanswered inactive questions with low views/votes and Meta Server Fault efforts: Cleaning house, really old, unloved questions We already auto-remove ...
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Mark a comment as the answer to a question

I have a question and have seen others to which the best and most relevant answer (at least the one that solved my particular problem) is placed in the comments to the question as opposed to the ...
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Are unanswered questions a problem yet?

Two years ago I asked an adorable question: is 180,000 unanswered questions too many? Now there are 704,563 questions with no up-voted answers and counting. I've had the feeling that this flood was ...
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View or search for unanswered questions with a certain tag

How do I view unanswered questions with a certain tag? How do I search for unanswered questions with a specific tag (or tags)? Return to FAQ index
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Why does the “Unanswered Questions” tab show questions that have answers?

Why does the "Unanswered Questions" tab show questions that have answers? Return to FAQ index
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Should bounty be returned if there is NO answer at all? [duplicate]

Should bounty be returned if there is NO answer at all? Or your contribution (to the bounty) only? This is similar to many questions like this one (which was a duplicate itself), but I am referring ...
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Unanswered confusion [duplicate]

As a new user and therefore perhaps "fresh eyed" to the site, I found the following a bit confusing: In the main menu Questions you find a sub entry called Unanswered. But in main menu one also find ...
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Any way to list my unanswered questions on all Stack Exchange sites?

I've been asking quite a few questions on several Stack Exchange sites, and I'm finding it harder and harder to keep track of them all. Is there any way/place to see a listing of all my questions ...
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Expand the roomba scripts to delete year or more old, up voted, closed questions

Currently the roomba has a criteria that deletes quite a bit of open questions that are considered abandoned after a year: If the question is more than 365 days old, and ... has a score of ...
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How to search unanswered questions

It seems that if I want to see unanswered questions, I can only list all unanswered questions, or unanswered questions with a specific tag. If I try to use the search box in the top-right, it always ...
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Give badges to people for coming back and answering their own question

Someone's asked why you can't earn the self-answer badge more than once the answer being that it's intended to help people learn about the site's functionality. Answering your own question is ...
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Remove questions with moderator tags from the Unanswered list

The red tags/moderator tags/status tags — except for status-review, perhaps — on Meta indicate that a mod has considered a feature request or bug and made a decision about how to handle it....
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How can we make the purpose of Community “bumping” more obvious?

There's been a lot of confusion over the years regarding the automatic "bumping" of questions... Community ♦ should discriminate more when bumping unanswered questions Community ♦ seems to be bumping ...
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Change of 'Unanswered' to 'Unresolved' for Meta

I think that the 'Unanswered' tab should be name-changed to 'Unresolved', since the name does not reflect the contents. When I first joined SE, I was very puzzled as to why there were answered ...
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Tips for getting really good answers on SO

The way the askers write questions is a factor in determining how good the answers we get are. Obviously, if you ask a clear, direct question it is easier for a someone to answer you. But, sometimes ...
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Is it okay to send old questions to doom?

Given this context: If the question is more than 30 days old, and ... has -1 or lower score has no answers is not locked ... it will be automatically deleted. I have downvoted some 30-odd ...
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“Unanswered” question sort order on profile pages

To help users keep track of (and hopefully get answers to) unanswered questions, it would be useful to have an "unanswered" sort order on a user's profile page. It would order the list of questions ...
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Filter for Unanswered when clicking on Tags from the /Unanswered page?

Here's the simple version of my request: The first thing I usually do when coming to SO is click on the Unanswered link, then scroll through the Unanswered Tags to find my favorite tags and click on ...
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What if my question is technically a duplicate, but the original question was never answered? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what the generally accepted/community-endorsed etiquette is in this situation. Ideally I would like to push the original question back onto the front page, as if it were a new question (...
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The “isanswered” search parameter documentation is incorrect

Request: Document the isanswered search parameter on the advanced search help page. Update This has been implemented by adding the following to the help page: isanswered: yes/true/1 returns only ...
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Unanswered Question - Answered in comments [duplicate]

I am relatively new to SO and see this very often. As the title suggests there are many questions that are answered in comments itself and they remain unanswered forever. Shouldn't there be an option ...
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How big a problem are unanswered questions?

Do the powers that be consider 180k unanswered questions a problem that needs addressing? How do they envision the current system clearing out that backlog? (Maybe there are some other mechanisms I'm ...
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What to do when your question has an old, stale, unanswered duplicate?

What do you do when you want to ask a question, but find an exact duplicate that doesn't actually have a useful answer? This has happened to me multiple times in the past, so I figure it probably ...
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Stack Overflow efficiency shown by simple but vivid example

Recently I posted here an article with some numbers, showing that amount of non-answered questions is growing. But what are these non-answered questions? Let's take one tag, which is not overly ...
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Automatic system-generated bounties on old, highly-upvoted, unanswered questions in small sites

Similar to "StackExchange could offer Bounties on old questions" but I'm suggesting this be done without user input, so not based on nominations but purely on stats on the question. Specifically, I'm ...
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So many questions so few answers

When I first started using SO about 2 years ago, there were lots of questions, and lots of answers. Great answers even. It was wonderful because you were almost guaranteed to get some kind of answer. ...
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Merged questions still show up in the Unanswered list

Merged questions can't be answered, so I consider it a bug that they show up in the Unanswered list, even though it's technically true. EDIT: Adding the feature-request tag. The requested feature: "...
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Simple highlighting of unanswered questions (no upvoted or accepted answer) at the front page

At the moment, questions at the front page can be told apart as follows: Questions with no answer (at SO: "0 answers"; red); Questions with at least one answer, but no accepted one (at SO: "[number] ...
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Unanswered Questions

Very frequently, the questions in the Unanswered Questions section have in fact been answered--either in the comments or via editing of the OP--but there are no answers posted to the question. I know ...
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Bug tag cleanup

There are over two thousand questions on Meta Stack Exchange tagged bug that have no answers (and haven't been closed). This doesn’t include all unresolved bugs, just the ones that haven’t ...
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If the answer has 12 score, why is the question “unanswered”?

I was browsing page 788 or so of unanswered questions, sorted by votes and I saw the question "Spam. Lots and lots of spam": But why is it considered unanswered? Note that: It has one answer ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics results: Which questions are the least frequently answered?

Question source: Which questions are the least frequently answered? Note: the results here are only for Stack Overflow, as that is the most difficult to analyze due to data size. All the queries for ...
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Add the “Unanswered” menu to Stack Overflow, including the international ones

All StackExchange sites have "Unanswered" menu item in their navigation. For example this one: Except for Stack Overflow and its localized versions. While the menu (AKA left nav) for Stack Overflow ...
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Eeeek! I sense an Eeeek question about missing a unanswered tab!

We are considering replacing the Unanswered top level tab, with Review. eeeeeeeek Still pending are a few performance tweaks, but once that is done we would like to make the switch. The trouble ...
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List Unanswered Questions in My Tags Sorted by Newest

I found this related post: How to search for unanswered questions, in my tags only, newest first But the work-around listed there doesn't work for me. The query uses the AND condition and returns ...
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Is simply upvoting the best answers to old questions the best way to get them off the unanswered list?

While the answers might not be the best or the question really doesn't have an answer, if none are upvoted or the person doesn't accept an answer, they sit and sit in the unanswered page. In cases ...
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Avoiding asking a question that's already been asked [duplicate]

Someone else has already asked a question about the exact same problem that I am having. Unfortunately, the question does not have an answer yet. Follow-on questions to the original poster have gone ...
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The Unanswered Section vs. the Unanswered Question Tab: A Critique

First, a foreword: I've searched rigorously for a question that addresses the same concern that I'm about to detail, but the closest I've came is this question. I certainly hope others understand that ...
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How do the various means of finding unanswered questions differ?

There are various ways to find unanswered questions on a site, but all those ways come to totally different results and I'd like to understand why this is. Note that I am very well aware that under ...
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Unanswered questions do not show Active time

Normally a post shows the active time after first edit. One post of mine does not show that information, does that indicate the post is not a normal state? If yes, what it is?
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why are unanswered questions not sorted by date?

I am looking to get some rep by answering unanswered questions. I only have time to answer a few at a time. I take a look at the unanswered list and post some good answers (i think) and afterwards I ...
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confusing top level SO buttons (questions and unanswered)

Please forgive me for asking multiple questions at once, but I think these are all related to a confusing choice of main buttons on SO. One thing that has always bothered me about the SO user ...
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Improving navigation around unanswered questions

I have thought long and hard about this before posting, but couldn't keep it in anymore. Before I explain my issue, let me clarify my terminology: On SO/SF/MSO, at the top you have what I would call ...
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How to avoid unanswered questions with answers in comments

I know there are a number of questions asking what to do with questions with answers in the comments. I'm looking at it from the point of view of searching unanswered questions with a specific tag. ...
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A potential tumbleweed is self-fueling until it becomes a tumbleweed

I have asked a question on SO and it has been 24 hrs with only 8 views and 0 votes. Currently it looks like a potential tumbleweed. The problem is that it is now very unlikely that anyone will find ...
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How to search only unanswered questions with an open bounty ?

Is there a way to search only unanswered questions with an open bounty on StackOverflow ?
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Distinguish between “unanswered” and “unsolved”

Personally, I think we need to distinguish between unanswered questions and unsolved questions. Questions with answers are not unanswered, but could be unsolved if the answers are poor.
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Up-voted question with down-voted answers not listed as “Unanswered”

This question on Academia.SE has 15 up-votes and no up-voted answers. If one selects "Unanswered" from the top banner, it is not listed as an unanswered question. This is the case for all questions ...
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Is SO becoming less useful as the count of unanswered questions grows without bound?

I have been using SO to learn some PHP features, and it has been remarkably helpful. But each day, the count of unanswered questions seems to grow by another thousand. Does this mean that there are ...

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