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Am I the only one that thinks there should be a way to purge all of the old questions that haven't been marked as answered?

I like to peruse the Questions section of the site to see what is on other user's minds and how their questions have been answered by the community. However, I did this today for the first time in a while and noticed a LOT of questions that had been answered fairly well but the user that originally asked the question never flagged it as answered.

Is there, could there be, should there be a method to purge or close all of these unanswered questions? Maybe at least offer a peer review system for voting on the best of available answers, similar to what other forums have?

Thoughts?

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metalarts

7 years ago

I have to agree with Steveastrouk.One of the things I look forward to on this site,is that it never becomes my basement.Keep the clutter down and the material fresh.If your question is purged before it is answered...ask it again.

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Aerospaceman

7 years ago

Looking through the posts and for some reason..a thought popped into my head, why isn't the robot in the Macy's Day parade?

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SunkickedAerospaceman

Reply 7 years ago

OMG! And there's a new Instructable out there about inflatable Instructable Robots! Just embiggen it! THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN!

5 points to Aerospaceman for the best suggestion ever!

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Sunkicked

7 years ago

I absolutely agree that it would be best if the author did it themselves, and I'm not entirely sure what the proper way to handle this is. That's kinda why I wanted to get this topic going: to open dialogue about it.

One thing should be pointed out though, even some of the most ardent Instructables users have left questions unanswered or, at least, haven't commented on their question after the fact to mention that they're unsatisfied with current answers. For example:

Instructables God

Food for thought.

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steveastrouk

7 years ago

I agree they need purging, as do all the ones where the question isn't detailed enough, or ambiguous, or physically impossible - do we need 1000 copies of the Why-You-Can't-Have-Perpetual motion/Free Energy ??

All the clutter does is reduce the possibility of finding a decent answer by searching....so another copy of a previously answered question goes into the top of the queue...

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lemonie

7 years ago

I'm sure that it could be done tomorrow, but is there any need?
They may be answered in the future...

L

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Kiteman

7 years ago

It would be best if the authors of the questions thought on and marked the "best" answers themselves.