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Add an edit to your question saying you did some tests which seem to suggest... but that you are still not sure if that is the actual answer. This has the added advantage that your question gets bumped up in the queue(s).


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If you go through the list of unanswered questions and you see a question that you would consider a "bad question" because you think that it can't be answered, downvote it. If a question can't be answered, it's not helpful. By downvoting it, you make it clear to other users that it's not worth looking at. Likewise, if you see a question that you would ...


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Very few of the unanswered questions are ones that just need an edit bump or a bounty to get them answered. We should certainly do that when it will help, but that won't make a big dent. Ones that should have been closed for the normal reasons sometimes don't gain closure traction before the action expires. If it's an old question, current standards may ...


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Here's my take on this... I think there are way too many questions that have no accepted answer, but upon reading the answers, you find a comment from the OP similar to this: "Hey, that worked!! You solved my problem." (sorry, no checkmark for you.) Or, a Question with plenty of answers, good answers with many upvotes, and comments from other users ...


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Here's a trick you may not know: drop in the tilde (~) wildcard at the end of the tag name. Now, when you're looking up windows~ you'll get all the questions tagged with the text windows at the start of the tag name. https://superuser.com/questions/tagged/windows~?sort=unanswered


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Marking an answer as accepted is purely optional and the mark is never set automatically. A question is treated as "answered" once an answer was marked as accepted or when any other receives an upvote.


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I would add your findings as an answer saying something along the lines of Further experiments suggest that the answer is 'No'. Add as much details as you have that support the statement. Until another user comes up with a more authoritative answer, that should serve as an answer to future readers of your question.


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Here's what I do: Leave a comment on the question. The OP is notified automatically, and you can @name one additional commenter to notify. Usually I say something like this: Hi <name>, good to see you found a solution to your problem! If you wish, you can add it as an answer yourself. This way it helps future visitors to your question. Plus, you ...


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If you would like to move a question (and if you're doing so voluntarily - don't let anyone coerce you into moving your question if it's on-topic here), you can flag it for moderator attention and let us know which site you'd like it moved to. Moderators have the ability to migrate any question to any site (unless the question is more than 60 days old or if ...


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It's always a fact of life that there are more questions than answers. This is true of all SE sites, and all questions that have ever been asked in general, even questions unrelated to technology long before the Internet was invented. That's because answers require a significant amount of work for humans (usually) to produce something useful and expedient ...


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Why not sort by date desc when filtering for unanswered tags? The current interface sorts by vote then date. Is it possible to choose? There is a new navigation being tested at the moment https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/308875/new-navigation-release-candidate but the test version is not available on SuperUser. The new navigation will you to ...


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Visio questions are on topic here. Microsoft Visio is desktop software and not a programming tool, so it fits here (as opposed to Stack Overflow or Web Apps). Excerpted from the help center, emphasis mine: Super User is for computer enthusiasts and power users. If you have a question about … computer hardware, computer software, or personal ...


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As a general rule, whenever the answer to your question is This can't be done leave the question open. You never know. One day someone might come up with an idea that 10,000 experienced people didn't think of.


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In response to Oliver Salzburg's answer, I said I would think about possible solutions and post them. I want to close the loop. I dug into the unanswered questions, did some analysis, and came up with several pages of absolutely brilliant insights and suggestions. Then I learned about using the advanced search features. In conclusion, nevermind. It ...


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When you click the "No Answers" tab, that is the one that has questions with literally no answers. The rest of the "Unanswered" view tabs are really lists of questions with answers that have no upvotes or have not been accepted. There are plenty of questions on that list with answers, but as they have no upvotes it means other users did not think it ...


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Since anybody can reply to a question, the system only considers a question to have answers if the reply Is accepted Has been upvoted (Score > 1) No reply to any question shown in that tab has a positive vote total, so neither the person asking considers the post to answer the question, nor do more users consider it an answer than down voted that post.


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Logically if the answer is not satisfactory, the second question should not be a duplicate. In that case the OP should edit the second (possibly not duplicate) question and explain exactly why the duplicate question (and answers) does not work for them. They should then try to get it reopened. Please read Why are some questions marked as duplicate? and ...


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There are conditions which are enforced on questions which are used as targets for duplicates. Such questions must have at least one answer which is upvoted or accepted. This feature (which is somewhat controversial by itself) prevents questions from being closed as duplicates if there is no satisfactory answer to it. As a result, any question closed as a ...


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Short answer: No. Long answer: Noooooooooo


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