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Jonathan Shaltz
feature-request planned
I'm interested in supporting a SE alternative, and would like to contribute to the Databases community.  Is there a practical way for me to find questions which need answers?  The first few pages of questions all have answers, but it's hard to tell which ones have *good* answers, or where the OP is hoping for something more.
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Jack Douglas
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Is there a way to find questions which need answers?
Jack Douglas replying to Jonathan Shaltz
thanks @Jonathan, we've put this on the list and tagged it 'planned'
Jonathan Shaltz
If we also end up with tags, or favorite search terms, I can see a tailored feed based on "question is recent, highly rated, has many of my favorite keywords, and has no highly-rated answers, etc."  Basically, a prioritized list of questions where I'm most likely to be able to help.
Jonathan Shaltz
I think that would be very helpful!
Jack Douglas replying to Jonathan Shaltz
I also think stars is a better (albeit also imperfect) guide than having 'accepted answer' like SE — how would you feel about a search filter that shows questions without a starred answer? Or with no answer > 'n' stars and you can specify the 'n'?
Jonathan Shaltz
Seeing the length of an answer might help, though of course it would be just a proxy.  Some kind of highlight for questions which have no starred answers might be helpful too; I didn't even see the stars for answers on the main page until you mentioned it.
Monica
But the "unanswered" filter is too limiting.
Monica
Those are the ones that, combined with tags, are fertile hunting ground when looking for things to answer.
Monica
A thing that was never possible on SE AFAIK, but would be useful, is: search/filter for questions where no answer has score > N.
Monica
Though the stars are visible already, so that gives some hint of quality.
Monica
I wonder if it would help if the answer preview indicated the *length* of the answer?  That way you'd at least be able to tell at a glance that the existing answers are barely more than comments.
Monica replying to Jonathan Shaltz
Fairly often in my experience (which doesn't include DBA), that the OP accepted an answer doesn't mean a lot.  Particularly for older questions, sometimes the OP was satisfied with something that has long since been surpassed or *ought* to be surpassed.  I'm not convinced that "acceptance" is meaningful.
Jonathan Shaltz
On the main page, the one-line previews of answers sound like a good idea but in practice they're too short to tell if they're good (comprehensive, accurate) or not.  I suppose I'm asking for an equivalent to SE's "accepted answer" flag, more specifically a filter for questions that do not have an accepted answer.