I own an inactive question.

I've read How can I bump my unsolved question?. From that question, it looks like I should add information or start a bounty. However, I feel like I've already given all the info I can think of - it's not like there are logs or anything I could have left out. And unlike the guy asking that question, I don't have 7000 reputation for a bounty.

What should I do to get my question noticed? It seems like it's not super complicated; is there something that I'm missing?

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    There are quite a few benefactors around the site, asking (politely ) in chat can sometimes get you a bounty for your question. The best way is to gain more reputation so you can bounty it yourself :) Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 13:01
  • Your question is also a bit tricky as of now as the project is going through a transition. Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 13:14

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If you don't have anything to add and can't bounty the question, you shouldn't bump it (though if you can get someone else to bounty it, then in doing so they have bumped it).

However, it's not necessary for your question to be on the front page to be answered. There are many ways questions not on the front page can be answered, and the Community♦ bot automatically bumps questions onto the front page (though there's no guarantee that yours will be bumped).

For a list of reasons/ways that questions that don't appear on the front page still get answered, please see my answer to What to do if your question on AskUbuntu does not get answered?.

One thing you can do, as Call me V mentioned, is to post in chat. However, this is not just useful for finding someone to put a bounty on your question--people in chat may have insights into how you might solve your problem.

When posting in chat, it's best to follow some basic principles of Ask Ubuntu chat etiquette. As I said in that post:

You can ask for help with your question in chat. Just make sure to stick around, and ask specifically for help, don't just post a link to your question without saying anything else. And try to avoid asking for help in chat and then immediately leaving before people have the chance to reply.


Answer other questions so you can bounty. Bumping is generally frowned upon. Or pop in to chat and see if someone else is willing to bounty it for you.

I think nobody is touching that question because it's an opinion/programming language recommendation.

  • What about commenting on his post ?
    – Suhaib
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 14:17
  • If it's with the intention of bumping, it's still bumping. I've bountied questions for others before. Ask @Seth ... Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 14:27
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    @Suhaib Commenting doesn't bump a post, only edits, answers and bounties bump a post. And yes, V has added a bounty to a question for me before :)
    – Seth
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 14:54
  • @seth, Aha, thanks. I have upvoted some old questions and they were bumped too.
    – Suhaib
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 19:40
  • also, just to clarify: i asked that question not meaning "what do you think is best" but "what does Canonical officially recommend".
    – strugee
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 22:09
  • @Suhaib No, voting doesn't bump a question..
    – Seth
    Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 23:45

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