For a long time now, the statistics of the number of answered questions has been standing on 88%, slightly below the golden standard of 90%. That might be due to a lot of early questions which have not been answered. Do we want to tackle this problem by answering old unanswered questions?
Sure. Answering unanswered questions is always a good thing.
You can find questions with no positive-score answer on the “Unanswered” tab or the similar “unanswered” subtab of the “Questions” tab. (Don't forget to go back to the Questions/newest or Questions/active tab to see all questions.) You can search for questions with no answer at all with
There may be questions that go unanswered because they're off-topic, or so poorly worded that we can't tell what's being asked. If you find such a question, vote to close or flag it. I think most of our unanswered questions are fine though.
CS is a pretty broad topic, so I suspect that some questions go unanswered because we don't have anyone with the right expertise. If you know an expert in the field of an unanswered question, please show it to them, in the hope that they'll come to the site and answer it!
I suggest we perform another event in which we should take care of unanswered questions.
A possible agenda would be:
- Question that do have answers but those are not-upvoted. Can those answers be verified/improved and upvoted?
- Quesitons that have comments that give a possible/partial answer - convert comments into an answer (CW answer?).
- Questions that are cross-posted - consider closing (especially if answered in the sister SE).
- Re-examine the other questions: clarify if not clear, close if off-topic, etc.
- Finally, promote good questions that are still unanswered:
- Make those question pop-up to the front page by making a small edit, or is there another way?).
- Optionally, set bounties to the most interesting questions.
Any other suggestions?
Ideally, this should be repeated every 4-6 months.
We did a meetup to answer open questions before, but not many people attended (or seemed to care at all).
If we did a similar thing again, who would join in?