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I offer 300 points reward bounty to someone who answers 3 currently unanswered questions, each over 6 months old and of score at least +2 at the time of answering, with answers of score at least +3. Ping me here with links to claim reward. No purchase necessary. Limit one offer per person or account. See store for details. Contest void where prohibited. Do ...


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I think part of the problem lies in this post itself. Notice how Double AA gave what should have been an answer in the comment section. I think that some of us are afraid or lazy to give an official answer, and just quickly shoot off an answer and move on. We need more incentive to actually write our answers in the answer box, in a proper fashion.


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One possible next step is to get out there and do some research and recruitment. Find relevant real-world experts and ask them to either answer here or give you pointers. Hit the library and look up as many relevant sources as you can, and follow up on their citations. Put the results of your work into an answer, even if it's partial, or into the question ...


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A prior step: What should I do if no one answers my question? First, make sure you’ve asked a good question. To get better answers, you may need to put additional effort into your question. Edit your question to provide status and progress updates. Document your own continued efforts to answer your question. This will naturally bump your question to the ...


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Not only is it ok to answer your own question, but there's no need to wait at all. In fact, the interface even suggests answering immediately: If you have an answer, please share it. If you would like additional answers, feel free to say (in a comment or in your answer) that you're looking for improvements. Even if you don't say something like that, it's ...


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We could make a list of high-value (as indicated by net score), tough (as indicated by duration unanswered) questions that ought to be answerable by top experts in their areas, identify, for each one, names of experts (including, e.g., rabbis who don't frequent the internet) who ought to be able to answer, and then solicit help from community members who can ...


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I think that the best way to make this happen would be to offer a bounty on an old question that is unanswered and that you think should be answerable. Then, that question will be listed under the "Featured" tab for seven days or until you award the bounty to a worthy answer, whichever comes first. It'll also get bounced to the home page, and I think ...


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Some of these unanswered questions may have enough material for an answer hiding in the comments. I've created a query that attempts to find such questions. -- Finds question posts that are open, unanswered, at least six months old, -- and with comments saying the word "answer". Counts up such comments as -- well as comments that look even more like they'...


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In hypothetical #1, we have in the past sometimes closed the earlier, worse-asked question, if it was objectively badly asked. (By "objectively" I mean only "even without comparing it to the newer question".) I think that's a reasonable thing to do. Just my opinion. I'm posting answers to your various hypotheticals separately so people can vote on them ...


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I've had this problem with a few questions. I surmise that in my case, it may be one of two primary reasons: 1) The question is not interesting. I have to admit, that a good part of my own ego goes into the question. I think it's interesting, and I assume that readers will think it's interesting, as well. Most of the time, it is that way. But, despite that, ...


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In hypothetical #4, well, that doesn't come up very often, I don't think, so maybe I should just address the specific case. (I'm also retagging this Meta question with the "specific-question" tag, since it's partially about a specific question.) In my opinion, in this case, we should edit the old question so it's about translations (which would I think make ...


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In hypotheticals #2 and #3, I think we should close the later, more specific question if (a) it is a poorly asked/worded question (so people are more likely to read and answer it at the earlier question) or (b) it (the specific question) is already addressed in an answer at the earlier question (so leave a signpost instead of making people read the ...


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Maybe we should feature some old questions. People can go through and recommend high quality questions that somehow fell through the cracks, and we can promote them. One possible way to do this could be an ad that links to our list of questions we'd like to draw attention to.


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It's telling that this received only one answer... but many comments. I'd visited a year or more back. So was a new user. I found a question by a first time asker I felt I could add info on. The experience was so poor, I won't be back. I moved it to chat, so you can see some of what bothered me there. I may not have written my complaints totally clearly, ...


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As explained here: What is automatic awarding? Approximately 24 hours after the end of the bounty period, if the bounty starter has not manually awarded the bounty, the bounty may be awarded automatically. If the bounty starter accepted an answer during the bounty period, that answer is awarded the bounty (provided that the answer was posted during the ...


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