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Reaching 80,000 answered questions before questions on our site reaches 100,000?

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 ...
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Improving on 36,000 unanswered questions

There is a search strategy I sometimes use to try and find the Unanswered questions where I am most likely to be able to make a difference. First I click the Unanswered option in the left sidebar: ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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Finding questions which are answered in comments?

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 ...
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Reaching 80,000 answered questions before questions on our site reaches 100,000?

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 ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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Reaching 80,000 answered questions before questions on our site reaches 100,000?

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) ...
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Why not answering questions?

I am copying most of my answer to a Meta SE question about Can we allow moderators to upgrade a comment to an answer? I would encourage all users who see "comments that answer questions" not ...
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Reaching 80,000 answered questions before questions on our site reaches 100,000?

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 ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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Adding an answer to closed question, though question may be obsolete

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 ...
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What to do when a question has been asked before but the accepted answer does not contain the answer to the question

You can use the bounty system to draw attention to the question. Once you place a bounty, you can add a personalized message specifying any feature of the question that you wish to highlight or what ...
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Reaching 80,000 answered questions before questions on our site reaches 100,000?

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 ...
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Can we enforce the "Answers in Answer section" rule more?

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 ...
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