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How to promote questions/get answers?

asked 2014-06-26 08:14:03 -0600

2ROS0 gravatar image

updated 2014-07-15 18:54:44 -0600

I wasn't sure if this is the right place to ask this question. So feel free to delete it if not appropriate, sorry about that.

Anyway my question is, is there any way to get answers to unanswered questions that are lost in the website. Like maybe some way to promote the question or send it to people experienced in that area so we can get answers quicker.

Thank you very much.

Update: Updating helps to promote the question but I wish that was the same for comments too. Since currently comments are only notified to the person who wrote the original answer and doesn't promote the question on the homepage.

Also, I don't think people up-voting a question has any effect on its visibility?

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Comments notify everyone that somehow interacted with the question besides just viewing it.

dornhege gravatar image dornhege  ( 2014-07-16 06:08:32 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-06-26 10:39:20 -0600

updated 2014-06-26 10:41:53 -0600

You can update a question, so it will be again on the first side and no longer "lost". But you should add more information with the update or rephrase the question. There is a reason why the question remains unanswered.

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That works. Thank you.

2ROS0 gravatar image 2ROS0  ( 2014-06-26 11:22:45 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-07-03 16:06:48 -0600

Updating the question puts it on top of the question list, but that's only helpful if the right person sees it before it gets bumped down and off the front page again.

I just noticed a feature over on the Gazebo answers site that might be useful to add to this site.

At the bottom of every unanswered question is a bold prompt asking the viewer if they know someone who might know the answer and it has a mailto: link that you can click on which will seed your email client with the link. That might help promotion of unanswered questions.

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That's a good point !

2ROS0 gravatar image 2ROS0  ( 2014-07-03 16:36:55 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-07-03 18:40:16 -0600

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In my experience there are two reasons for questions not being answered.

  1. The question is not done very well, e.g. missing basic information, formatting, structure, answer is in docs/tutorials/google, etc. The guidelines help and in this case an update is a good idea. Also when new information was discovered.

  2. No one that has seen the question knows an answer. To trigger relevant people choose a valid title and use correct tags. Ideally reuse tags that are already in use as some people might selectively only look at tags they care about.

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