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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 reviewing existing answers and voting accordingly. That message should probably disappear after an hour or so, however long it takes for the "bump" to ...


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I'm against completely disabling the deletion ability for unanswered questions. This is a clean-up task that would either fall to moderators or wouldn't be done at all if higher-reputation users couldn't do it. If the current rules are a problem they can be altered, not removed. I think you'd need to show some data that supports the idea that it's a problem ...


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Definition: A question is abandoned, if it has no answer + somebody required additional information + the person who asked did not log in for a week after the additional information has been requested. If additional information is required then just close the question as "unclear". That is the appropriate close reason for a question that is lacking ...


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Flag the question that has the least amount of valuable information (between the question and answers combined) as a duplicate of the question with the most valuable information, regardless of when they were posted. If the two questions both have lots of (different) valuable information then flag the post and ask a mod to merge them; they'll decide on their ...


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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. They'd have to pay the bounty from their own reputation, and just like other users, they can only have three active bounties at a time. Just imagine what ...


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The fact that there is no solution is a perfectly valid answer to a question. If that's the conclusion you have reached after extensive research, you should post that as an answer and then accept it (when the system allows you to do so). Or don't: you have no obligation to accept an answer. But either way, there is nothing wrong with answering your own ...


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No. There is no reason to add this feature, whatsoever. A comment on a post on SuperUser goes into the global inbox, and will be seen by the user when visiting any site in the Stack Exchange network where the user has a linked account. That is enough of a poke. You cannot force anyone to participate. Additional poking is not going to motivate people any ...


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Ok, let's try another example of a rather small tag in a language. Let's look at the last 12 questions in the promise tag. Useful and generally applicable - 75 rep awarded. Useful and generally applicable - 15 rep awarded. Useful and marginally generally applicable - 10 rep awarded. Too localized, not generally applicable - no answers. Too localized, not ...


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'Questions' section, 'unanswered' tab: 8,074. This is the section for questions that have no answers with score > 0. So some of the questions do have answers, but they have a score of 0 or less. Also, it excludes closed questions. 'Unanswered' section, 'newest' tab: 7,868. This tab have the same content as the above one but excludes questions with score &...


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For those of you, who are also "moderators" of a small community around a less frequently used tag, you may want to check that the generally low view count in that community doesn't lead to the deletion of valid, yet unanswered questions. I've created a data explorer query that allows you to see the unanswered questions for your tag that might be ...


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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 happen to answer the question, no problem at all, but turn those temporary notes into a permanent post. Remember that we're not only here to help the author of the ...


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Advanced search query: intags:mine answers:0 Here you go. :)


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It will depend upon the particular question and comments but when I see an unanswered question that seems to have been adequately answered in comments I will sometimes write an answer that: starts by saying "As per comments by @...:" quotes the relevant comments adds any extra value that I can to the answer I think this approach becomes more valid as more ...


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We really do not want to encourage any final outcome other than questions + answers. If nobody is stepping up to the plate to write an answer but the answer has clearly been found in the comments, by all means snipe the rep -- take the collective knowledge that's been patched together and actually patch it together into a cohesive full answer.


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First, you can search for your own open questions via search: user:me hasaccepted:no If you want to check your questions, feel free to bookmark that search. Second, if you want to remove a question from the list you may try the following strategies: accept an answer, edit to improve the question, offer a bounty, or delete the question (if appropriate). ...


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Deleting a post will remove all reputation changes caused by it unless the question is 60 days or older and hides it from users under 10k reputation. However, be aware that deleting too many questions as a new user on that site could cause you to be question-banned. As long as you are in good standing on the site and you have not deleted too many questions, ...


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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 method pre-done. If you want to search by date of lastest activity instead of date asked, do the steps above and use the "active" tab instead of the "newest" tab.


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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 need other approaches. Begging for someone to bounty it is a terrible idea. Following up if someone offers to bounty is a good one - this happens sometimes. If ...


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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 included more stats about the answers, and that information was hidden for questions without any. Looks like over time, that gradually changed over to just hiding ...


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Make your question more easy to understand. The edit to your question will bump it, and it will get traffic again. That traffic might lead to new upvotes.


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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 me most". It doesn't.


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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 release tag. Where relevant, I used to post comments to questions to ask for clarifications about which release the question was about (to ensure my answer I ...


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These are useful edits for the following reasons: Nobody benefits by having unanswered questions laying around the site. Proper tagging makes the questions easier to find (and answer). During the tagging process, you will identify questions that need other attention Fix grammar, wording, formatting, etc. (Thanks to joran for this addition) Unsalvageable ...


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Why should we do anything about it? Is the question actively harmful? But to address your specific concerns: But a question asked so long ago as 2012-06-29 is probably a) useless to the OP, Why should the usefulness to the OP matter? If we judged on that, we'd have to delete all questions once the OP got their answer. Granted, the OP is to have ...


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On the contrary, you would have somehow either solved those issues or found workarounds to get past them. If nobody has answered them till now, then you should post your own solutions or workarounds as answers. This will create value for the entire community moving ahead. Stack Exchange encourages self-answered questions.


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Because "Unanswered" contains questions with no upvoted answers and "no answers" contains questions with really no answers. The explanation is actually in your screenshot on the right under the questions count.


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Really simple: we should answer those questions. And if we don't know the answer or don't want to answer, we should let it live and stay in the "end of the unanswered tabs" until answered. There is a reason for the thresholds, and if a question doesn't meet them, I really don't think we should close/delete it ourselves just because it didn't get enough ...


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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-topic then it should remain open. The important thing to remember is that closing a question is done to prevent the question being answered, nothing more. ...


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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... review it. I don't like spending my time 'yelling into the void'? Then perhaps you have an incorrect understanding of how these sites work. We're not here to ...


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