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This is a technical writing problem, and it is your problem as the author. Start with a good, representative title. If your title reads like a different or simpler question than you intend then you have communicated something other than what you intended. If you can't state the question in the title there is a good chance you are trying to cram too much ...


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That a question gets no answer does not necessarily mean it is "too hard". It could mean that, but it could also mean that no one knowing the answer found the question interesting enough to spend the time writing up the answer or that no one knowing the answer saw the question (your question has 78 view, which is not that many). Or the people knowing the ...


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1) How long does someone generally need to wait before getting a response? To properly answer this would take some data on the answering times of past questions, which might be available at the SE data explorer, but off the top of my head I think 24 hours is a reasonable time to wait. After 24 hours, it's likely that most of the people who are going to look ...


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Yes, of course you're right... ...but the next step after all this is to edit the question to guide future readers to the real reason why the OP is confused. In other words, once it's been determined in the comments that the question is really about D, edit the question to ask explicitly about D, and make it clear that the proposed duplicate doesn't answer D....


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There's always the risk that nobody will provide a helpful answer when you set a bounty. After all, it's only an extra incentive to answer, not a requirement. In this case, I'm just seeing your question now but I'm not really sure what you're asking. It's quite possible that other people declined to answer for the same reason, i.e. because they thought your ...


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Some additional points: The reason those questions have not been answered is that the questions are hard. This shouldn't be so hard to understand, I hope. Those questions "are not active now" because... why would they need to be active at all? If a question on Stack Exchange has stood at high score for many years without getting answered: It ...


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Yes, there is a large difference between questions which haven't been active for a while and closed questions. Closed questions are closed because for one reason or another they aren't a good fit for our site, and they cannot be answered unless they are reopened first. Older questions are just that - older - and can still be answered normally. If you see an ...


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A question is considered answered if one of the posted answers has a score of >1, which is the case here for your question.


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It is monitored, sort of. The community tends to self-police (at least on other SE sites, I haven't seen it too often here but I could just be missing it). In other words, person A asks a question and somebody comes along and leaves a comment "Hey, I would like to answer your question but you have a history of leaving answers unaccepted. If you accept ...


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I don't know why it was downvoted without the comments, though it is indeed a bit unclear. I personally know nothing about the problem and I just skipped it. It has an answer, twice upvoted. A possible reason why it doesn't have another is because other people thought it is already answered, since you haven't provide any feedback to state your ...


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I agree with knzhou that it is more profitable to discuss concrete (linked) examples. As scientists we like to see the evidence and judge for ourselves rather than adopt somebody else's opinion on an issue. Your question seems to imply that the fault is with those who post comments or answers. Whether or not that is true, I agree with dmckee that if ...


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The first question is chock-full of technical jargon and it is about a fairly esoteric subject. It is not likely that there are many people who can adequately answer this question without first putting in copious effort to research it completely. Given that, it's unsurprising that there are no good answers because not many are going to look at it and find it ...


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