I just noticed that it can be hard for new users on our site to push some existing but not answered question. If a new user finds such a post (maybe the first visit on our site), he will have only two choices: 'Answering' it with "I am having that problem, too" or asking a new question which creates a dupe.
Especially new users tend to the first approach and those answers get closed quickly as I just did on TeXShop search not working for multiple file source. They get a comment that they should use a bounty in order to push this.
Well, for the post linked above, there have been two new users with interest in that solution but both with very low reputation. I thought: "I have no interest in that post (urgh, Mac... :-)) but as two new users asked for it in the last two month... I'll put some bounty as I have enough rep."
Of course, this resulted in an answer at once (thanks, Pouya, I hope someone tests it soon). I therefore asked myself two questions, which I want to pass further to you:
- Is that the correct way to manipulate here or should I wait for "answer the unanswered" days, minor edits which have to be proofed by high-rep users, or (worst in my eyes) exact duplicates?
Should we think about some better approach on helping in such cases, as pointing to bounties does not help our new guests a lot? They can not even participate in chat or comment on the OP. Can't we improve the sentence
This does not really answer the question. If you have a different question, you can ask it by clicking Ask Question. You can also add a bounty to draw more attention to this question once you have enough reputation.
in order to help a bit more, and how?
It would be cool, if new users could show their interest in some unanswered topic and ask the richies here for some bounty-partnership as I just have given. But I can't figure out some clever way on how to do that.
Well, at least I just did formulate my plea to all of you that flagging, deleting, and commenting such "requests for assistance" could be followed by some generous donation from your bulging rep-wallet.