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Remember that many people only visit when they have an issue: once it's solved, they have other things to do. I'm not sure I'd want to penalise the use of TeX (or anything else) as a tool, rather than as a hobby :-) Questions are only 'unanswered' if they have no answers with upvotes. The check-mark is there for the questionner to indicate 'this helped me', ...


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Not all good, on-topic questions have answers, so it's important to remember that over time it's to be expected that the number of unanswered questions will increase. That said, if there are answers hidden in comments then the correct thing to do is move them to the right place. This is one of the things that happens during 'Answer the Unanswered': there are ...


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It's not a problem. If there would be upvoted answers, the question would not be unanswered and would go away from the "unanswered" list. No need to close, what would actually prevent further, possibly even better, answers. See on the main meta site: Would it be possible to have a “community accepted” feature? You can show your acceptance of an answer by ...


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I suggest, to not delete the question, and to not let it remain open, since it's hardly answerable, but to close it. So people, who might encounter the same problem, could find your question via google or another search engine and could comment or edit and extend your question. Also if they would know a solution, they can vote to reopen the question or at ...


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What about adding an "I'm having that problem too" button? The button could disappear as soon as an answer is accepted. In the meantime, if a question has enough "I'm having that problem" votes (more than 5, say), accepted answers could come with an bonus (and the bonus could increase with the number of votes). This would be similar to a bounty, but wouldn't ...


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You can only link the two databases containing posts and comments using the SEDE. The following query lists questions on the main site, sorted by their last activity date (oldest to newest) with these attributes: No comment No answer Not closed Positive score select top 1000 p.id as [Post Link], p.lastactivitydate as [Last Active] from posts p left ...


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As per Paul Gaborit comment: Some people might prefer answering in comments, Refer why do people answer in comments for more reasons. Hence one can comment to the @person-who-suggested-correct-comment to convert his comment to answer and wait for a while. Incase of no response, post the comment as community wiki answer to remove from unanswered list As ...


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Sunday, 2nd October 2011, we had another "Answer the Unanswered" session, 21:00--23:00 GMT. When we started, there were 192 unanswered questions (meaning without upvoted answers), after the session there were 157 left. Some were answered, some were closed after discussion, usually with a comment to the question. For example, we noticed some very localized ...


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I would actually appreciate such a feature like "accept this comment as an answer", as I had this problem just a few moments ago. Luckily, the poster of the comment reacted to the request for writing his comment as a proper answer, but a simple button would make it really quicker and easier. I would even approve the reverse way like some sort of "this ...


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This is a noble initiative, but it is not sustainable since reputation is an earned attribute and it's not in everyone to just doll it out at the drop of a new user. Of course, some folks do, but the majority of folks don't. Additionally the request for updating a "vote-to-delete reason" should be consistent network-wide. The critical part within this quote ...


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The list of unanswered questions are those "with no upvoted or accepted answers": There are a number of ways this is dealt with: The community occasionally hosts an "Answer the Unanswered" event; If solutions are found in comments, we ping the relevant parties and request a conversion. If this seems fruitless, some community members may step in and provide ...


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There was a time when active community members felt the number of unanswered questions was growing too rapidly. Perhaps the community seemed more inclined to focus on a steady stream of new, answerable questions than to worry and/or deal with questions that may be out-of-scope or lack too much detail. The result was a scheduled time when everyone can join ...


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As is stated in the comments, you probably had trouble in getting your question answered because of the lack of a really minimal minimal working example; that means the MWE you posted is a little bit too long to debug. Even when you shortened it (BTW, you did so in an external pastebin, something that doesn't help either — edit your question when you want ...


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You could offer a bounty to get attention for this question. It will be put to the "featured" tab.


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There are different types of questions answered in comments. The perhaps most common ones are those where the issue is a package or distribution version problem or a simple input error (mistyped or inexistent command), which are solved with a software update or by fixing the input. In my opinion, such questions should be closed as off-topic, because they ...


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Converting my comment and Madam barbara beeton's comment into wiki-answer: Good to know you are working hard to reduce the number of unanswered Q, Two Options: 1. comment to @egreg to convert his comments to answer ( which has nice explanation of why the error was not "amsmath not found") 2. Directly make an answer from egreg's comments ( I know egreg does ...


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Well, there is already a good mechanism in place to discourage this behavior -- After posting a few questions time the percentage of accepted answers shows up and so they stand out when they ask a new question. This has exactly the desired effect in that after a few questions they learn how the site works.


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This could also be cut down by reducing (or getting rid of) the time limit on how long after a question is posted before you can accept an answer. I understand the principle of it but sometimes the very first answer works and is optimal.


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