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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
You have some good points here but also a couple of misunderstandings on how the site works.
With regards to the 15 questions per page, at the bottom of every page you can select if you want 15, 30 or 50 questions per page, just choose the one you like.
It is also worth noting that a question does not need to have a green check mark to be considered ...
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.
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 ...
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!)
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), ...
Most of times either they are half-hearted answers or they are written by questioner or there is lack of communication between questioner and commentator.
Talking about my personal experience there have been multiple instances where I encounter such things. Suppose a person asks a question and some user commented "Try this" and it worked!! It might happen ...
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 ...
Your title is half the battle!
"Workaround for installing the AMD propritary driver" doesn't really explain anything to me, it's not even a question! I would not want to click through.
I changed it to: "How can I get 1366x768 as a resolution with an AMD Radeon 5570?"
It is immediately obvious to me what that question is about. If I knew anything about ...
The best thing to do is to edit the question and add in more information. This shows you are still working on it.
Even if it is a couple of lines explaining you found this and that but it still did not fix it.
Transferring posts between communities is a lot more... complex... than you'd think.
Firstly, unless there's migration paths opened already (which there are not for the 'community' to use to move things to / from Ask UbuntU), migration of questions between communities requires the moderators on the origin site to intervene to moderate.
Secondly, the older ...
If you really, really want to, and the OP has posted something indicating they've seen and appreciate the answer, you can add a comment along these lines:
If one of the answers here solved your issue, please take a moment and
[accept it](https://askubuntu.com/help/someone-answers) by clicking on
the checkmark on the left. That is the best way to express ...
I would like to note that the post in question has been edited (and deleted), and I think Elder Geek's answer may be more directed towards the latest revision than the one that was current when this question was posted. I believe it was certainly a "me too" post at that point, as it only contained information on what the author had ruled out as causes of the ...
Stack Exchange is not a help desk. Questions and their answers are supposed to be helpful for (potentially) everybody, not just the one person asking them. Deleting a worthwhile question, even if unanswered, deprives future readers of the knowledge gained from the question itself. Sometimes, asking the right question is the most difficult step ...
First, this question will help a lot with the views (If you added the question to this one) :)
You can also edit the question, this will push it to the top of the active queue. You can also offer a bounty on your question to give more users a reason to spend more time on the issue.
These are the things you can do to bring some more attention to the ...
Part of my answer to What to do with questions whose OP hasn't visited the site for a long time? addresses the core question here.
Is it answered in comments?
If there are comments that effectively answer the question, or that
may answer the question and may be helpful to others, those comments should be (or should have been turned into) answers! In ...
While there is no doubt that neither of these questions are great ones, both of them do seem have enough information to reach a conclusion. (This opinion is based on reading the comments of both questions). If I think I have a grasp of what the OP is asking and feel that I can add clarity I do so.
Answers from Comments:
This has already been ...
I'll throw my 2 cents here, I think Fisher hit the spot, and the big problem are the new users (most of them, not all):
Not much information (logs or other stuff) regarding the problem in hand
Explanation of the problem itself is of bad quality
Most posts itself are written in bad English
New users don't vote answers as correct
They don't search before ...
I agree with this since I mainly focus on questions with 0 answers myself.
It was a useability decision and probably happenend with this announcement: http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/13782/minor-site-design-updates
We do still have this option: https://askubuntu.com/unanswered
It's probably due to these factors:
There are more and more people working from home, due to Covid-19, and they are taking more remote calls
Maybe there are more Ubuntu users generally
Ubuntu's handling of microphones is still pretty buggy. I certainly am experiencing problems with the microphone on Ubuntu.
As the page says in the bottom, you must earn 10 reputation points before you can answer such a question.
This measure is usually put on questions which got many answers in the past that were later deleted because of their low quality.
There are still lots of ordinary questions you can answer freely even with 1 reputation!
There's no convention for deleting and reposting AFAICT, so whenever you wish. Whether it is on-topic however... Compilation problems are typically on-topic because they come up during software installation from source. On the other hand, if you wrote the program yourself and are looking for debugging help, I'd vote to close it in a flash.
I really think "Community-Wiki" should be saved for the gospel, set-in-stone, this-is-how-you-do-it answers (like this work of art: How do I install the Nvidia drivers?). I really don't think it was meant for situations like this.
In your first linked example (I was just reading that question), I think that one should be closed as "too localized." There ...
Jorge's answer is great, but it's only half the deal. Good question should show research effort, be useful and clear (and if so it will have upvotes). After you initially write a question, try to read it as it was made by another person. Try to answer the questions:
Does it clearly describe the problem?
Will I learn something new trying to answer it?
I'm not a mod, so stating a personal and subjective opinion:
Let's suppose for argument's sake that unanswered questions get shown by default:
If someone answers a question, and it would get enough upvotes or an acceptance it would disappear from that screen, right? Even when answered by rep 1 users, or users with highly upvoted questions, but no answers or ...