(This question is intended as a less-ranty and less-likely-to-be-immediately-closed version of another recent one. I'm posting this as a new question because suggested edits aren't possible on Meta.)
Does this stack leave too many questions unanswered?
https://judaism.stackexchange.com currently has 1576 pages of questions, and more than 200 pages of questions with at least 1 net upvote, and 0 answers or 0 upvoted answers. Fully 13% of the questions on this stack are good questions that haven't received a good answer. This is proportionally higher than in other similarly active stacks I frequent:
- rpg.se: 1606 pages of questions, 5 pages of upvoted, unanswered questions, 0.3%
- cooking.se: 1208 pages of questions, 19 pages of upvoted, unanswered questions, 1.5%
- gaming.se: 5320 pages of questions, 210 pages of upvoted, unanswered questions, 8.0%
- codereview.se: 3246 pages of questions, 261 pages of upvoted, unanswered questions, 8.0%; reducing this ratio has been a major focus of the site's meta discussion.
Given that I'm only counting net upvoted questions, the problem isn't that more of the questions here are unanswerable or otherwise bad; these are questions that are worth answering, just not being answered.
Anecdotally, it seems like many questions here follow the same pattern as the only question I've ever asked here:
- They are asked.
- They receive some comments. Perhaps a clarification question or two, perhaps a "let me answer your question with a question," perhaps a waffling answer-in-comments, perhaps a "welcome to the site" if the user is new.
- They receive an upvote or three.
- They fall off the front page.
- They never receive an answer.
So, what's going on?
What can be done about it?
This stack clearly isn't entirely unaware of the issue; there's a question on the front page of meta right now about featuring unanswered questions. But given the stats above, it's also clearly not working as well as we might hope. The answer (and answers-in-comments) on the linked question propose two possible "solutions":
- The Community bot already does this.
- Maybe you should put a bounty on it if you want it answered?
Neither of these is entirely satisfactory, nor indicative of a healthy stack.
What more can be done to encourage better question-answering behavior on this stack?