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There are some questions that keep getting bumped by the Community-bot although they seem to be abandoned by the original poster (example).

How to deal with these? What happens to questions that are asked by somebody who then never comes back (because he found an answer elswhere)? Will the bot bump them to infinity or will he "give up" when the question remains unanswered?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ So the short answer is: 5k+ rep users can vote to close questions. \$\endgroup\$ – Jari Komppa Sep 19 '11 at 10:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ Just because the OP isn't around any longer (and thus will never accept an answer) doesn't mean the question should be closed though (even though this specific example should have been). \$\endgroup\$ – Josh Oct 17 '11 at 15:25
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A few random, relatively highly viewed UNANSWERED questions will be bumped every hour.

For our definition of unanswered, see here:

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2008/09/ok-now-define-answered/

If you think any of the answers are decent, the thing to do is upvote them -- or of course edit, comment, flag for removal, provide your own answer, etcetera.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok, so questions that aren't closed/deleted by admins and don't have an accepted answer will get bumped. There's no "bump-limit" to a question? \$\endgroup\$ – bummzack Aug 29 '11 at 9:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ has nothing to do with accepted answer; did you read the blog entry? \$\endgroup\$ – Jeff Atwood Aug 29 '11 at 12:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ The problem with this specific question is that there's no possible good answer and it should've been closed... \$\endgroup\$ – user744 Aug 29 '11 at 13:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jeff: I read the blog entry, but my comment was poorly worded, sorry. I meant accepted in the sense described in the blog. I was just wondering if the bot will bump a question forever as long as it remains "unanswered". \$\endgroup\$ – bummzack Aug 29 '11 at 13:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @joe sure, close it as "too localized" -- that's a valid outcome as well. \$\endgroup\$ – Jeff Atwood Aug 29 '11 at 19:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well, I did last time it came up - but now it didn't show up as "close (1)" and I couldn't close it again. How long are votes-to-close valid? \$\endgroup\$ – user744 Aug 29 '11 at 23:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @joe it depends; we changed some stuff about that in July: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/97556/… you can always flag for mod attention. \$\endgroup\$ – Jeff Atwood Aug 30 '11 at 0:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jeff: It would be nice if, when it comes back up, I could re-vote to close. gamedev.stackexchange.com/questions/14551 for example could probably garner enough close votes if enough >5k rep people saw it at the same time, but now the votes have expired and people who have already voted cannot revote. \$\endgroup\$ – user744 Sep 5 '11 at 3:46

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