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Every Code Review member can help us get out of beta by helping to upvote good questions and answers! Now that Stack Exchange Data Explorer supports beta sites, here are three queries that should yield good candidates for voting: Welcome intermediate users by reviewing their answers and questions These queries finds posts from users with between 150 and ...


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Some "memes"... A few expressions have come up recently, thought I'd share them here (feel free to add, this is CW!) Running out of ammo: when you have exhausted all 40 votes for the day. Head shot: when you're out of ammo and post a target in chat, and then someone puts in a vote for you. Waking up the dead: when posting an answer on a zombie question ...


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There is nothing wrong with leaving some poor-quality questions unanswered. By analogy, 0% unemployment is a worthy ideal, but actually achieving 0% unemployment isn't necessarily a good thing for the economy. Let's be careful about closing questions mainly for the goal of achieving a 100% answer rate. We should only close questions that are actually off-...


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There is no need to approach the commenters to add their comments to an answer. Just do it. Comments are not intended to have long-term value. They are intended to make suggestions for improvements, seek clarification on issues, etc. Ideally, all comments should result in edits to posts (if they are good suggestions or clarifications), and then deleted when ...


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If there's nothing left for you to do, then you may just have to wait. Even excellent questions can slip by for a while, but that doesn't always have to do with the question's quality. The upvotes do indicate that others have seen it and expressed satisfaction, but not every upvoter is a potential reviewer. It's very possible to identify a good question ...


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Here is a Stack Exchange Data Explorer query, written by @LokiAstari and tweaked by me, showing the average time between the question and the first answer. As you can see, there can be huge variations. Depending on how well you phrase the question and how complex the code is, you might get an answer within minutes, or it might never get answered. If it ...


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Thank you for contributing! In the search box, type: answers:1 for questions with at least one answer answers:0 for questions with no answers at all You can click "Advanced Search Tips" next to the search box to show other useful searching syntax.


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It's unfortunate, but zombies (unanswered questions) happen. Two days is fairly young to call it a zombified question though; it barely makes it eligible for a bounty. Patience, my friend: reviewing code isn't like answering a Stack Overflow question. There is no fastest gun in the west answerers on this site as of yet, and our community doesn't have ...


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One of the basic intents of Stack Overflow and the entire Stack Exchange network (from the beginning) has been that answers are intended to provide a service to the entire community, not just to the original poster. As such, the account status of the original poster should be of (at least nearly) zero relevance to keeping or deleting a question. I suppose ...


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I like to post answers which the OP can understand. I hope they benefit. If the OP no longer wants an answer, I see no point in writing one: their question has become obsolete, junk. I would vote to delete it; there are other questions to answer. Alternatively, you can down-vote it if IYO it's not a good question: apparently it will then be auto-deleted: ...


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There are 26 vba and only 8 vb6 questions on this site (compared with over 1600 for the most popular tag, c#). I think this means there simply aren't many people interested in these languages on this site, which is why you didn't get any answers yet. You might try to be patient, but I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't get any answers anytime soon. You ...


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Yes you can search by unanswered and by tag: [java] is:question answers:0 The square brackets denote the tag, and the search tips of is:question makes sure it's a question, the answers:0 search tip makes sure there are 0 answers. The search results page has a link in the side bar that expands like this: The link at the bottom points to this help center ...


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I've noticed during my searches of unanswered questions that some of the answers actually have answers that haven't been voted up. This is what I call "Ripe Zombies" (ripe as in ready for the shooting), and @RoboSanta posts 2 such questions per day in The 2nd Monitor that match this criteria, in the hope of attracting the attention of zombie killers. The ...


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No, you cannot do this as it'll just be closed as a duplicate of the original question. If you really have nothing else to do with the question nor do you have sufficient rep to raise a bounty, you may bring it up in chat. If you do this, then you should not sound needy about it, but politely mention that you'd like someone to take a look at your old ...


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There is a lot of code in that question, and then there is even more code behind the links. That one link you have has about 4 pages of code and explanation. I would think that you would at least have some people marking it as a favorite so that they can come back to it later or something. Maybe there are people who would like to review the code, but don'...


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Let's try to answer the question with science. I created a simple web scraper (yeah, scraping is usually a bad idea when there is API available, but I don't think that's an option here). Trying to ignore some weirdness in the results (probably caused by caching, or something like that; see below), I found out that there are 4 questions that are in questions/...


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IMO bad/unclear/poor questions in the queue should get closevotes no matter if they are zombies or not. There is no need that such questions will survive no matter how long ago they had been asked. Related: clarification-as-to-why-a-question-was-closed-as-off-topic If questions had been on topic at the moment of time they had been asked doesn't mean ...


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Great plan! I was sort of discouraged from doing that since they haven't received enough attention. When I think about it now, that's exactly why I should start giving them some attention. When I have the time, I'll comb through the C++ questions. I too am trying my hardest to get us out of beta. ;-)


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Now that Stack Exchange Data Explorer includes the beta-site statistics, it is possible to plot and manage the site activity levels.... A question was raised in Meta to discuss options: Stack Exchange Data Explorer is up. What now, Wonderland? Some of the queries that have come up are directly related to this Call of Duty: Distribution of avid users by ...


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The following SEDE query looks for zombies which may interest you in particular: Find interesting unanswered questions Looks at unanswered questions in your top 20 tags and sorts them by a combined weight which takes into account: score, askers reputation and how well you do on that particular tag


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Every 1 in 10 on-topic questions is left unanswered. That's a rough statistic that has been so for a long time now and it's slowly getting worse (as indicated by Simon's answer). Some questions are simply not interesting enough, too hard to answer or slipped through the net for another reason. We can't catch/answer them all. A bounty might work, but not ...


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Looking at the timechart of the percentage of answered questions on Code Review, there is indeed a declining trend, meaning that it's harder these days than it used to be. This data is gathered from what my chatbot @Duga is gathering every day. Unfortunately this chart only stretches back to ~December 2017, but through chat search you can find more. ...


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I thought I would bring some feedback here... I have 'bumped' a couple of questions, and here is a response: https://codereview.stackexchange.com/a/36640/31503 In this case, I think the answer is not very descriptive, but, it exists, and has produced some follow-up discussion I have not had any negative feedback from these attempts, so, when appropriate, ...


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