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I've been browsing the unanswered questions, partly because Area 15 says:

71% answered: Needs Work – 90% answered is a healthy beta, 80% answered needs some work.

However I've found some "unanswered" questions really were answered, for example:

It seems to me unfair that these questions go into the "29% unanswered" bundle when they really were answered, or the OP simply lost interest (probably got it answered somewhere else).

Does this seem right? Is there a way of fixing up these statistics in some way?

  • Attiny85 programmer with Arduino error Yikes! Invalid device signature - I don't think that one ever got answered as the OP was vague as to what worked and then went on to buy a proper programmer. Note I was commenting there. – RSM Jul 9 '15 at 21:08
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In cases where there's already an answer in the comments (or edited into the original question by the OP), we could copy it into a Community Wiki answer, with an appropriate acknowledgement. That will show up as an answer, but will prevent reputation going to the wrong person.

In situations where a question can't be answered due to lack of information (and the OP hasn't responded for a long time), we can vote to close the question as "Unclear what you're asking".

These steps won't solve the problem entirely, but it might help a little. What's important is to get the community involved in Review tasks so that problems can be dealt-with quickly. The other moderators and I aren't really supposed to do that ourselves (we're only supposed to deal with exceptional cases). I see the review queues are getting rather long again though, so we may have to step in to help things move along.

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    I've always suggested the OP make their comment an answer so others can find it more easily. They can get the reputation, as well. – sachleen Jul 14 '15 at 16:17
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  • Cleaning up these ild questions will make the site look cleaner, and I think that will help longer-term to improve the review process. – Sean Houlihane Oct 23 '16 at 19:43

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