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How can we make the purpose of Community "bumping" more obvious?

Maybe just put a temporary message below the question body, right where the "closed" message currently goes. Bumped by Community user 30 minutes ago Please help make the site better by ...
Bill the Lizard's user avatar
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Can a low rep user ask a moderator to set a bounty for a question?

No, that would not be appropriate, and the flag is very likely to be declined. Moderators are elected/appointed to ... moderate ... the site, and putting bounties on questions isn't one of their tasks....
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Make a feature to mark your own question as solved by yourself already without any answer's help!

This won't work. If you don't want to write an answer yourself after solving your question, you're probably better off just deleting your question than marking it 'solved' without providing others ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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What next if a user got the answer by my comments?

If you have answered their question, compile your comments into a full-fledged answer (and delete the comments to reduce the noise). Comments are meant to improve the question; if you accidentally ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Is it allowed to start a bounty for your unanswered question using an alt account?

No, this should not be allowed. You and your sock-puppet would be able to keep the question bountied for way longer than you would with a single account. The default rule is: if the second account ...
rene's user avatar
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As a new user without much rep, what should I do if someone else has already asked a question I have, but it has no answers?

Common wisdom has been, if it is identical - put a bounty on it, and/or make substantial improvements to it. Of course, this needs reputation, and if you're a new user who doesn't have much rep, you ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Should unanswerable questions have answers?

"Unanswerable questions" You're conflating two issues, and it might help to differentiate them. Your title and the body of the question aren't necessarily the same thing. Not all "...
fixer1234's user avatar
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How to sort unanswered questions by date?

If you are referring to date asked, you can search answers:0 (add [tagname] to the search if you wish to search by tag) and then select the "newest" tab. Here is a link to an example of that search ...
John Militer's user avatar
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Unanswered questions do not show Active time

The real mystery here is how nobody noticed that "active" timestamp has pretty much always only appeared on questions with at least one answer. :) The original version of the sidebar back in 2008 ...
Adam Lear's user avatar
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Can staff please post an answer upon tagging a question as [status-completed]?

As a workaround, until such a feature is implemented, we (the ordinary users) can post an answer ourselves, like I did on So nice, we said it twice: "User is a new contributor. Be nice, and check ...
Shadow Wizard Love Zelda's user avatar
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Could we have a 'soft' accepted answer for an unanswered question?

We already have a "soft" decision. It is the score next to the question. The premise of your question seems predicates on the accept meaning something more than the question OP saying "this helped ...
Oded's user avatar
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Is it a bad practice to make assumptions in order to answer a question?

There are SE sites, such as Drupal.SE, where answers may depend on the release of a software in the question, whereas that release is indicated in the question using either the title, the body or some ...
Pierre.Vriens's user avatar
9 votes

Add a toast notification when an anonymous user follows a link to an unanswered duplicate

This is a great idea! I know that I personally run into annoying redirects every so often. It would be nice to have a clear notification which links back to the question I was redirected from. However,...
bobble's user avatar
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9 votes
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Searching my own unanswered questions over all Stack Exchange sites

Here you go: Unanswered questions network-wide for a specific user SEDE is updated only once a week, on Sunday morning, so the results might be a bit stale.
Glorfindel's user avatar
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As a new user without much rep, what should I do if someone else has already asked a question I have, but it has no answers?

You can also promote the question - share it on Twitter, blog about it, send a link to a mailing list you're on or a related Slack. Be sure to use the link from the share under the post, creating a ...
Kate Gregory's user avatar
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Old unanswered upvoted questions remaining that way potentially forever?

Should they stay open? Yes, absolutely. The age of a question alone shouldn't have any impact on a question's suitability for a site. If a question is off-topic then it should be closed; if it's on-...
Cai's user avatar
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Why are old (and abandoned) questions getting bumped to home page?

So what am I supposed to do with those questions? Well, the message says, "This question has answers that might be good or bad; the system has marked it active so that they can be reviewed." So... ...
Nicol Bolas's user avatar
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Is there a limit to the number of times "community" can bump a question?

There is no limit; I've never seen staff mention it in formulas, and I'm pretty sure it would make the FAQ if it existed. According to this SEDE query, there are currently 2 questions which were ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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My question did not get an appropriate answer

If you ask it again, it will be closed as a duplicate, so please don't do that. A bounty may help on a main network site, but my gut feeling is that here on Meta it's rather uncommon that bountying a ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Make a feature to mark your own question as solved by yourself already without any answer's help!

If you know the answer, write it as an answer, you can even accept that answer if you want. Note that acceptance doesn't mean the answer is correct, only that it was the most helpful for the question ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
7 votes

How much I have to wait for my question to be answered?

As long as it takes. You don't get an instant answer every single time you ask a question. Just be patient and someone might be able to answer your question. In the meanwhile, you could try editing ...
Anthony Pham's user avatar
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Will a question get closed if an answer is not chosen as the accepted answer?

No. If there is no accepted answer, that could mean that none of the existing answers fully answers the question. In this case, blocking new answers by closing or even deleting the question is ...
Floern's user avatar
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Unanswered old question

There are a few things you can do, but re-posting isn't one of them. We want the answers to questions in one place, and don't want people to keep asking the same question. If you have 75 or more ...
S.L. Barth is on codidact.com's user avatar
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Old unanswered upvoted questions remaining that way potentially forever?

I'd say... probably, though users should probably review them taking into account other factors. That they're old and unanswered is insufficient, IMO to close them. If there's a newer, better ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Why does the `FAQ for Stack Exchange Sites` appear in the unanswered tab?

It's just a quirk of the system. The overall FAQ was written entirely as a question with links to other questions that form topic based FAQ and their answers. The system isn't smart enough to realise ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
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How can we make the purpose of Community "bumping" more obvious?

I agree with what @Bill said, we should place a message on the question to signify why it was bumped. However, I think that the bronze badge suggestion is too high1 and should probably be something ...
angussidney's user avatar
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If the answer has 12 score, why is the question "unanswered"?

This recently happened also on Matter Modeling Stack Exchange (MMSE), for this question. The question had been deleted, and when it got un-deleted, the question re-entered the unanswered queue, ...
user1271772's user avatar
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Queries on "Answer Ratio" towards the site graduation

Based on the experiments from JasonC and the answer from Aurora0001 on How exactly are Area 51 beta stats calculated? I'm pretty confident the formula for Answer Ratio is: (sum of answers not deleted)...
rene's user avatar
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6 votes
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Should you delete your own off-topic, answerless questions?

First of all, thank you for realizing your mistake. Flags can take a while to be handled here, so you're better off deleting this question and repost it yourself on Software Engineering Meta. Even if ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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6 votes
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How to sort "no answers" questions list by "newest"?

You can use the search filter [android] answers:0 and sort by Newest. There's a bunch of other useful tips you can use; for this, click the "Advanced search tips" on the right. See also the advanced ...
Jenayah's user avatar
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