Close it as Not a Real Question and move on.
It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form.
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Long-time listener, first time answerer .... (ubuntu user for a long time too).
I'm a regular on the CodeReview site and we are still in Beta, but are trying to get promoted. We had a "beta review" last November that identified a number of issues stalling this promotion.
One of the items identified as an issue is the number of unanswered questions that was ...
The best way to attract a lot of attention to a question is setting a bounty. After 48 hours you're allowed to put up some of your own reputation as a reward for somebody who answers the question. Obviously this "costs" reputation but even if you can only spare a little, just getting it into the featured section will help it get noticed.
Also make sure your ...
Your question assumes there are only two reasons a question is unanswered:
It's off-topic and the moderators are being lazy.
We hate you and won't answer out of spite.
I can't speak for everybody but I know at least two more reasons I don't answer things:
I don't know the answer. I don't know everything. ☹☹☹
I just don't see the question. There are lots ...
When people mention cleanup and our "answer rate", they're talking about a historical number. A number that I frankly feel isn't that important. It's a stat that we can manipulate if we close a big bunch of questions.
The important number is the rate we're dealing with new questions. We need to deal with the questions that are coming in faster, or lower the ...
With increasing numbers of new users we are also faced with increasing numbers of non-voters and non-acceptors. This can e.g. be seen from only just about 800 users that have cast more than 10 votes. I feel this is a poor rate considering that we are more than 15k users and have asked more than 13k questions by today.
We need an elegant way to encourage ...
I'm not be the best guy to answer as my rep indicates but I will answer anyway :)
Why is this happening?
Because your site is on the main page of Ubuntu.com. What does it say? And if you get stuck Askubuntu! It doesn't say read the docs :)
Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro out there, every time a user finds a silly problem, he comes here (I am no ...
Good you brought this topic to attention. It is true, we do not have a good canonical question/answer for data recovery but quite a lot of questions on that. So yes, we do need a canonical answer here.
So now here are my thoughts why we may have not done this yet, and what needs to be taken into account when we plan to:
Data recovery is a wide field where ...
In addition to what Takkat and skunkfrkut have said, I want clarify a common point of confusion:
Many new users of Ask Ubuntu and other Stack Exchange sites assume their question will not be answered once it has dropped from the main page. But this is not the case--often questions are seen and answered even after they're no longer shown on the main page of ...
It's a legitimate problem that current and prospective Ubuntu users have. For that one reason, it's not something we can simply write off as "Oh god, that's really annoying".
Of course if you have a laptop "just try it" is a perfectly okay answer but that's only half the picture. There are plenty of times when people are just trying to work out what laptop ...
It would be nice to give us more overall close votes as a community:
It is pretty easy to find things that should be closed, here's one off the top of my head that results in 17 pages of crap we can close:
https://askubuntu.com/search?q=freeze+closed%3Ano+answers%3A0 (here's another 14 pages!)
Such questions normally get closed as not reproducible with the following reason statement:
This describes a problem that can't be reproduced that seemingly went away on its own or was only relevant to a very specific period of time. It's off-topic as it's unlikely to help future readers.
As author of the question, you could either vote to close your ...
If you click on that symbol seen in the screen-shot marked by that arrow this will mark a question as favorite, which you can then see in your profile under favorites, and it even shows you by a blue number on the favorites tab that there was activity, so you only need to click on this tab when there has have happened to be activity on that question.
I don't think our problem is the lack of answers, but all those unanswered questions (in the "two upvotes"-sense) that just need to be closed.
Best case: a question is only open because nobody knows the answer.
We could split the questions via search into:
Questions that have no answers and no comments: graph
Questions that have no answers but comments: ...
Is it a duplicate?
If the question is a duplicate of another question, vote/flag it for closure as a duplicate.
The master question doesn't necessarily have to be older. If there's a more helpful question that happens to be newer, and this one seems like it might be abandoned, you can vote (or flag) to close it as a duplicate of the newer question.
Is it ...
No, favoriting a question does nothing, to my knowledge, to better highlight a question. If you're looking to get your question highlighted the best way to do so is with a bounty.
You can have your question "bumped" by editing and adding more details about the problem, things you've tried, or clarifying items.
If you are talking about the one that says Problem with my Lenovo laptop you need to also consider the following:
Of the 335 views, not all users will have a Lenovo Laptop
Of the 335 views, not all users will have the same Lenovo model
Of the 335 views, not all will know the answer
In forums, other NON StackExchange Q&A sites and any other site that ...
I just gave a once over to all your questions. 3 of them seem to be basically bug reports where the software isn't just working how it's supposed to, there's not much we can generally do with those as we can't really get the diagnostic information from your system, so for those you should probably file a bug: How do I report a bug?
One question was 3 ...
Both of those questions have a single problem: they are crappy enough to merit closure.
The first question is just 2 sentences and an image, there's nothing to start answering apart the only symptom.
The second don't even has log files. It would be improved if OP provide better information that isn't just a screenshot (screenshots aren't even searchable), ...
Answers need upvotes to be considered answered.
So if a question has like 3 answers and none of them have upvotes then it's still considered unanswered because no one in the community thinks the answers deserve an upvote.
This is why voting is crucial for the health of the site:
https://askubuntu.com/unanswered/tagged/?tab=mytags is my "go to" tab.
It either goes by your favorite tags that you've set, or if you haven't set any by the tags you've answered/been most active in and then sorts them by votes. You can start with the ones which are probably the most interesting by just going top to bottom on the page.
I also use this ...
There are two problems with this Meta question. The first is that the moderators are responsible for your question in some fashion - they are not. If anyone not responding to you, it is readers, not moderators (if a moderator offers an answer, then arguably they are doing it in their additional capacity as a reader).
You touch upon the second problem by ...
Close them as Too Localized
This question is unlikely to ever help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet.
If there is any suspicion that it might be user or bug related, or sometimes ...
I've assembled a wide range of data queries that can be used to pick out questions in need of attention.
Questions who have at least 1 answer with no answers exceeding more than 2 votes and no accepted answer.
Possible open bug reports
Low quality unanswered questions
Kill ALL abandoned questions WITH FIRE
Show stupid posts
Find high scoring posts with out ...
Quote it, link to it and give original credit as far as you can... Just as you would to any resource. Note that if you're copying from an SE site, you must do this as part of the license.
If you add nothing, consider setting your answer as a community wiki. This means you won't get any rep but displays good manners and fine breeding. Chivalry and all that ...
We're 2 slots away from being the worst in the entire network:
We need to figure something out, we're two slots away from being the worst. I'm not saying we have to be awesome, but surely we won't be throwing parties over this:
~6%-7% variation from way higher traffic sites, we need to step up!