It's one of those days where I'm in the mood for a spring clean-up on JSE.

Lets say there are some questions that are 6 months old, don't have any answers and don't have any upvotes. What action should be taken here?

At this point, I can only assume the OP has either gone with a different approach, therefore should we vote to close? flag to delete?


  • Great idea to have a spring cleanup sprint. You have my support in looking into flagged questions. Mar 15, 2016 at 20:51
  • Cheers Valentin. Will start tomorrow
    – Lodder
    Mar 15, 2016 at 21:28
  • @ValentinDespa - Reached the "vote to close" limit.
    – Lodder
    Mar 16, 2016 at 11:59
  • how many can you vote to close? I think you can also flag the questions with " in need of moderator intervention" and refer to this question. Mar 17, 2016 at 5:12
  • Yesterday I also reached "close limit" after 15 votes to close. Didn't know they have such a limit too... Oh, well...
    – Mikan
    Mar 18, 2016 at 9:21

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I believe that despite the question has received no attention (upvotes, comments, answers), if it is a good question, then we could upvote it and try to draw attention to it, or even answer it.

I believe we should not be closing good questions, even if they don't have answers or other activity already. At some point, someone could post a really good answer so future users with a similar problem will arrive here and find the solution.

If the question is of bad quality, then we should have marked it for deletion at first place and if we missed doing so, then maybe the right time is now that you are in the spring clean-up mood.

  • Fair point made FFrewin.
    – Lodder
    Mar 15, 2016 at 21:28
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    If the question is particularly good, I'd even recommend putting a bounty on it.
    – TryHarder
    Mar 15, 2016 at 23:43
  • Agreed with @FFrewin
    – Terry Carter Mod
    Mar 16, 2016 at 21:41
  • Agreed with @FFrewin
    – Mikan
    Mar 18, 2016 at 10:15
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    Note that there are badges for answering old questions. Let's all become Necromancers!
    – Pavel V.
    Mar 19, 2016 at 7:42

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