Currently, there are 960 questions with no upvoted answers on the main site. Of those:
- around 800 are more than a month old.
- 710 have no answer at all.
- more than 400 questions are of score 0 or less.
Additionally, Android-SE has a 85% answer rate which puts us squarely in the lowest percentile (around 70th place out of 84).
I hope I'm not alone thinking that something needs to be done to improve the situation. What other sites are doing:
The guys over at TeX-SE hold regular "Answer the Unanswered" sessions that are quite structured and efficient. Questions are answered, deleted, merged etc. as necessary. The site manages to keep the unanswered volume around 200 regardless of the growth TeX-SE has experienced recently. I'd venture that something like 30-50 questions are dealt with in every session. See the chat session to get an idea how it works.
I think we can do something similar on our own, depending on high-rep users and mods time constraints. I'd say a whole-day, drop-in session, held once per month in the weekend. I think we should be focusing most on the following:
- Closing old unanswered questions with weird device issues. Set some limit of say 2 months since last user intervention on the question. Decrease this for low-rep users that haven't visited the site for a long period -- say a month or so, or have only this one question. Reason for close would be most often "too localized".
- Finding duplicates, or creating artificially ones -- for example, hunting down OS upgrade information for devices we don't currently list in the "When will my device receive the X upgrade".
What do you guys think? Some further suggestions?