There are currently 25,412 questions on Web Applications that are not closed or deleted.

Of those, 3,979 have no answers at all.

Worse, I think, is that there are 2,872 questions with answers, none of which have a positive score. (Even worse, about a third of these have accepted answers!)

I find it difficult to believe that almost 3,000 questions have answers and that none of them are useful.

So here's what I suggest:

  • Go to the Question list for Questions with answers but none have a positive score
  • Choose some questions where you have an interest/some experience/a bit of expertise
  • Vote!
    • Upvote stuff that's good. Downvote the garbage. Vote for questions too, while you're at it.
      • Of course, if something is "meh", don't vote at all.
  • While you're there, clean stuff up. Edit for spelling and grammar. Remove meta tags. Fix formatting.
  • Or, if the answer(s) there are inadequate, add your own!

You get 30 votes (plus 10 extra for questions) every day. Use them!

What's in it for the people who do this?
A badge. Maybe two (or more). Plus the satisfaction of making the site better.

What's in it for the people whose posts get voted on?
For the ones that get upvotes, a signal that their contribution is valuable and that we'd like them to contribute more. (For those that get downvotes, a signal that their stuff isn't up to snuff; we'd like posts that are more useful.)

What's in it for Web Applications?
More good content filters to the top. Bad content gets pushed down (and maybe disappeared). The site becomes more valuable as a result. Voting is also important because it helps automated management of the site work better.

Breakdown by tag of questions with answers but none have a positive score

Top Five by total number of questions


  • 4
    Thanks for spearheading this, Al.
    – jonsca
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 20:23
  • 1
    Yeah, well, it's only resulted in 5 people with more than 11 votes so far this week, so...
    – ale
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 0:49
  • 3
    There are some new faces in the monthly counts, so I'm hopeful.
    – jonsca
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 5:50
  • 2
    I'm slowly but surely working my way through them, upvoting well-worded, usable answers and questions. Commented Mar 15, 2016 at 13:56
  • 1
    @pnuts: re:exclude questions where all answers have negative score. No, I'm afraid it's not really possible with the search interface. It would probably be doable with the Data Explorer.
    – ale
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 17:19
  • 1
    @pnuts: I regularly run through this list. An awful lot of the time, the only answer available is mine, and I obviously can't vote on those. I do vote on good answers I find. I could, perhaps, do it more often, but this is an attempt to get more people voting, not just generate more votes.
    – ale
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 17:21


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