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I intended to post a question, but found it had been posted on MSE months ago and received several answers, all up-voted though none yet accepted. Thinking it over, I discovered my own answer to the question and posted it. But who will see it? The OP will see it, and I'm allowed to alert one other who has posted a comment or answer to the question. Is there a recognized way to get a wider viewing? Normally I follow only new and recent questions, and suppose most others do the same. Does that mean I'm most likely talking to myself when I attempt to answer an old question?

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    $\begingroup$ An older post: How to grab users' attention on an old question? Other posts linked there might be of interest, too. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 21 '17 at 19:04
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    $\begingroup$ When you answer a question, it gets bumped up to the top of the active questions list. $\endgroup$ – Qudit Nov 21 '17 at 19:10
  • $\begingroup$ @QUDIT--Thanks, I forgot the active questions list. $\endgroup$ – Edward Porcella Nov 21 '17 at 19:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Qudit you should leave that as an answer so that this question can be marked as answered. $\endgroup$ – Stella Biderman Nov 21 '17 at 20:43
  • $\begingroup$ @StelkaBiderman Ok, I've made it into an answer. $\endgroup$ – Qudit Nov 21 '17 at 20:51
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When you answer a question, it gets bumped up to the top of the active questions list.

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  • $\begingroup$ Although, as OP writes, "Normally I follow only new and recent questions, and suppose most others do the same." Those who have their preferences set to "recent" or "newest" instead of "active" will not see the new answer. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 21 '17 at 22:07
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Sure, but there isn't a way for a question to be moved higher up under newest anyway as far as I am aware. $\endgroup$ – Qudit Nov 21 '17 at 22:10

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