[meta]New years resolution: Clean up all these open question...
Open questions includes the 97 pages of questions that show up unanswered [here]. I understand that some of the questions where the OP is still active on the site might just need a reminder email or something to go back and close out his/her questions, or mark an answer. However, on the other side (example [here]) where the OP has obviously [never come back] to the site would that not warrant at most we close the question due to abandonment. Although closing every question out there that is left opened would not look good for the site. The only other option would be to grant folks the ability to check an answer that most fits the question, maybe. I'm guessing mods might have this ability? Can normal users be given that ability with certain level of karma points? On a side note, will marking a question as closed cause the question to not show up in the "Active" questions? Thoughts? :
I used to spend 1/2 hour two-three days a week picking answers on questions that were obvious, and more than a year old, but I still ended up with about 6 pages worth of questions that I wasn't sure what to do with. I'm not sure why people won't pick an answer, but it's pretty clearly an issue. But, deciding on what answer is right after the fact gets dicey quick.
Hmmm nice thought. I agree that there are quite a few instances where a user seems to be never coming back (At least with the same name) because many users come on need basis. Those questions should be marked answered if they qualify for the accepted answer. But what is that qualification it itself a question. I think as long as the moderators of the site can judge that it would remain impartial. Giving a normal user that ability could be asking for more maintenance for the moderators to make sure that the marking was impartial and fitted into the criteria of being an accepted answer and also could bring many anomalies to sort out. As far as an alert/email to be generated for active users, I believe the moderators are already on it as there have been instances where they have asked the OPs to mark their answered questions appropriately, but somehow they did not respond? So what to do about those questions?
This is a difficult issue to deal with. I think that appointing semi-moderator rights to people may be right, but you have to be careful. An outsider/first-timer may consider it strange/wrong that the people with the highest karma are the mods. As it stands, the karma system and the functions "unlocked" by them are quite limited (unless the FAQ is just out of date). If you look at the [reputation FAQ for StackOverflow], you can see what could be possible on this site (the OSQA-Team may need to do a little programming). I think that way may be the better alternative than adding more mods. Power users could then vote for certain actions, which have a final decision made by mods / automatic thresholds. If 5 power users vote for an answer to be accepted, the system accepts it, or a mod has to agree. Just my 2p :
Does the physical rewards for Karma thresholds hold any key to this? If people gain more Karma for marking an answer as right then would that encourage them as they would then get to a new book (or whatever reward)? Maybe people get an award for having above a % of asked questions asked that are marked as answered. just throwing the idea in the ring, not sure how it would work...