Updated to include the last two quarters of 2012.
I think what's most interesting about the update is how the numbers have changed over time. For instance, when I originally answered this question quarter 1, 2012, was complete. There were 409,490 undeleted, open, questions that quarter of which 85.61% were answered and 70.71% answered "well". Those ...
Maybe just put a temporary message below the question body, right where the "closed" message currently goes.
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That message should probably disappear after an hour or so, however long it takes for the "bump" to ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 auto-...
Yes, this is a radical suggestion. Don't panic. We're just brainstorming.
A pressure relief valve for the backlog:
One possible option would be to expire more questions automatically, such as:
ignore the view count (as Pekka says, they don't get any better by just from being viewed)
questions with score <= 1 and no answers
questions with score < 1 ...
I disagree with this idea. We can't force OP to accept our/anyone's answer. It totally depends on OP whether to accept the answer or not. And why to delete a question if it is a real or a constructive question?
'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 &...
Thank you for trying. In this instance, though, it doesn't appear like you're going to succeed.
Ask your question yourself. Include, if appropriate, the information requested by the previous commenter and try and come up with a better title (i.e. not just an error message).
If you do get an answer your question will be more useful than the one that came ...
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 ...
As of the date of this post, there isn't a way to filter on whether or not a question has a bounty on it.
The closest you can get is hasnotice:1 answers:0 closed:0, which will include some extra posts with a notice.
See the clickable Advanced Search Tips on the search page for more options.
I should add that maybe you don't want to be doing this. Just ...
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 ...
android is particularly concerning. This was also the case when I did
the original analysis, so it doesn't look like things have changed
much since then. It may be that the community lacks enough experts to
tackle answering the huge volume of questions. It may also be that the
APIs are not yet mature and there are lots of people running into
Unfortunately, this will change my % of answered questions, so I don't like that option.
Why do you care? You're still at like a 90+% accept rate. You generally don't have a problem accepting answers unless you're 40% or less.
Just leave it alone.
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.
First, you can search for your own open questions via search:
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).
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, ...
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.
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 ...
I don't think a question deserves to be closed merely because it's difficult to answer, or unlikely to be answered. Unlikely does not imply "unanswerable" and in and of itself does not mean a whole lot.
The effect of it might be however that the question generates debate or extended discussion, with answers being nothing more than speculation. Which would ...