I am interested in math as a hobby, and also as a tool related to other hobbies (in my case, games and game design, among other things). Some of my questions relate to mathematical puzzles of various sorts that I find around the internet and have difficulty with. These tend to get reasonably favorable results (in terms of views, upvotes, and aswers). However, the questions that I am most interested in getting answered tend to arise from my own unguided musings, or from analysis of some game I'm interested in. These questions tend to be more involved, and they have tended to get few views, few if any votes, and no answers. I am trying to figure out why, and what I should do to get more attention to these.
The questions I'm referring to are this one (which I posted a bounty on, and still got no answer, then rephrased and refined more than a year later here), this one and this one. I have a few hypotheses as to why these questions are not well-received:
- Perhaps I didn't state them as clearly or succinctly as possible.
- They are longer than many questions I see here, perhaps people are turned off by a wall of text.
- They are not trivial, and not structured like the type of homework or study-help questions often posed by students on this site (this meta question seems to relate)
- They have fairly long and/or cryptic titles (That is, it is unclear from the title what the question is about)
There is relatively little I can do about 3, except to try posting on MathOverflow, which doesn't really seem like the right place for these questions. I try to do the best I can to mitigate 1,2, and 4, but the nature of the questions makes this difficult. That said, I think the questions are understandable enough, if perhaps more opaque than necessary. I have also tried bounties, with no success thus far, and I don't have thousands of rep to throw around willy-nilly. What can I do with such questions to improve my chances of getting an answer, or at least a helpful comment?