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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 ...
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Disable deletion ability for 20k users for unanswered closed questions

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 ...
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New reason to close a question: "Abandoned question"

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....
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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....
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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 ...
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How do the various means of finding unanswered questions differ?

'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. ...
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Enable automatic deletion of old, unanswered, zero-score questions after a year?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What to do with a question that has only received comments

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 ...
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Is it safe to delete an old post which has no answer?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Someone votes your question down without understanding it. Question gets ignored because it has negative votes

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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Why does the Unanswered page need a no answers tab?

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 ...
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How does the site handle old questions with 0 answers, and won't be deleted under current policy?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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-...
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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... ...
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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 ...
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8 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,...
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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 ...
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Is OK to write a comment on my question for asking to someone which may have an answer?

Be aware that @replies only notify users who have interacted with the associated post in some way (see the comment @reply faq for details). So not only would the @user Any ideas? comment to your ...
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Is OK to write a comment on my question for asking to someone which may have an answer?

No, you shouldn't post this comment - I doubt if someone having definite ideas wouldn't write them. Anyway, if you ask a question, anyone understands that you need some ideas - if you don't need them,...
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Recidive users with unsolvable questions

It doesn't matter if the OP accepts the answer or not. We don't need the OP to accept an answer. If the community feels that the answer is useful, upvotes communicate this just fine. The OP shouldn'...
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Under what conditions is a user invited to "share a link to this question"?

A little research, and after observation, I have noticed the following: Date has nothing to do with the criteria. A post from 2009 has that notice. It only shows in posts with zero answers. Being ...
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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 ...
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