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My opinion is that there are too many questions that get answered in comments and this has been discussed previously at: Too many questions left unanswered when answer inside comments? and Answering questions with a comment? I think that we should try to encourage people to write answers. To qualify as a long enough answer, just 2-3 sentences is needed.


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At 81% answered we are better on that particular statistic than Stack Overflow (everyone's measuring stick) at 71% and Cross Validated (which launched at the same time as GIS SE) at 61% - see http://stackexchange.com/sites#percentanswered - but I am all for trying to get us up into the 90s - which is what Beta sites strive for. I would tell you our precise ...


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Seven ways to help revive/refresh a question (including closed questions), and its answers are by: using the share button beneath the question to advertise it to your networks (no rep needed) suggesting an edit to improve it that then gets approved i.e. provide additional details or clarify existing details (no rep needed) raising the need for more editors/...


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Vote Early, Vote Often Upvoting answers, when warranted, quickly moves questions off the Unanswered list if they have a net 0 vote. Downvoting answers, when warranted, helps to push low quality questions towards the Roomba which can delete them from the site (and thus off the Unanswered list), if the community voting indicates that they have little value. ...


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Recently I have been using a different search strategy to try and find those Unanswered questions where I am most likely to be able to make a difference. First I click the Unanswered option which is next to Ask Question (and not the one on the next row) Then I click my tags I then look along the bottom for the lowest voted Unanswered questions with my ...


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I've been looking into the open questions (only the ones related to tools I know). One part of them contains potential solutions or pointers to solution in comments. Someone would have to migrate the main points from comment to answer but even then if the orignal author doesn't frequent the site anymore, they will never be accepted. Some questions turn ...


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I have noticed the same and agree despite being guilty of it myself. There are many answers (or almost answers) being offered in comments, however I think we do OK with handling these when they actually provide a useful answer. I think many people (myself included) put these as comments as they're just a suggestion rather than a well thought out and/or ...


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I am sharing a query in SEDE to help finding questions which were answered in comments. It searches for questions with no answers, which are not closed and are not locked. Under such questions OP uses one of two keywords in comments: solved or worked. One needs to type a tag name as a parameter from the query. Testing this query for the arcpy tag returned ...


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I think we need to tackle this on three fronts. A question without an answer which has a positive score: One aim could be to look for your specific tag you like to answer (for me its qgis and pyqgis) and search for questions in the unanswered section which have answers and if they are good to upvote them. Questions solved by a comment: In those cases you ...


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If people write their answer in a comment, without any plan to make a proper answer later, they have basically given out a free answer to anyone willing to finalize it and capture all the precious internet points for themselves. Maybe the solution is to encourage people to poach any comment-answers they can find. With 17,300 unanswered questions, even if ...


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Is there something to be said about questions that are older than say 5 years that is a comment on their relevancy? If someone posts a question and it isn't answered for even 1 year, or even several years, to me it means that question is either not relevant, belongs on another site/forum, or doesn't have an answer. In any event, either the asker has ...


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Just to bring this question up to date and back into the fold, here is some updated data on our site's answer rate. The Stack Exchange Data Explorer has a wealth of information that can be extracted with queries such as this one: Is the rate of answered questions declining? The rate of questions with answers has slipped from 90% to 77% since Jan of 2013: ...


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The others have identified the reasons why, but one possible solution: Back when I first joined the site a few months ago, I went through a period where after checking the days questions, I'd use the rest of my 40 daily votes to try and vote up answers to questions that appeared to be correct (as well as under-rated questions) but hadn't been yet. Even ...


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I think a lot of the problem is that so many of the unanswered questions are basically unanswerable. We get a lot of people who come to the site with a single specific problem who do not or can not provide enough detail to generate an answer and then leave the site when an answer is not forthcoming. This will also discourage people from answering older ...


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GIS.SE is used by some software organizations/collectives as a sort of help-desk (I've nothing against this, it's great...), but I note there is a tendency for an answer to be given by someone on the firm, and that answer then not up voted. This is normal behaviour in a help-desk environment ~ an enquiry comes in, one person picks it up, and responds and no ...


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I also think that the lack of specificity to GIS in the FAQ has been part of the reason for the lower answer rate. GIS questions tend to be highly technical in nature and very often question askers do not provide enough information or structure their question in such a way that it can be reasonably answered. A better FAQ could help. Related: (How) can we ...


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I have re-opened that question. I suspect that answering it is of limited value, as you imply, but when users wish to answer closed questions, they can usually be re-opened with a simple flag of type Other to get a moderator's attention to do so. When answering perhaps you can make sure to specify the version limits of the issue as you know it.


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The statistic part of kriging is more tough than the geo part, which explains many unanswered questions. Reading the newest posts I did see interesting ones and I plan to go through more. Some questions I visited had common content, but were not duplicates (e.g.: a1-a2, b1-b2). I edited some kriging questions for readability, which I think might increase ...


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We cannot force users to post answers as answers, rather than comments, but we can all encourage them to do so. There are 17,300 unanswered questions still open for answers, and many of them have at least partial or brief full answers in their comments. I would like to encourage frequent commenters to consider, when making them, whether their comments ...


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One thing that clears the path to have more answers, and consequently, more options to upvote for is to carefully edit the entire post (even if this 'complete' edit depends on getting info from OP through commenting). Unfortunately, it is not uncommon in our community to observe posts only partially edited (under the argument that any edit is a valid edit, ...


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Yes, answers to Questions should be in Answers, but when the issue is something trivial like a Python syntax error, it hardly seems worth the effort to put down the phone, find a desktop and provide a true Answer, especially when the Question could be (justifiably) closed as off-topic before I could hit the "Post Your Answer" button. There are plenty of ...


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