An example is here. In this case the answer is mine, but that is not the point. It just reappeared as Community 13 (is that how many times it has reappeared?). In this case, OP commented a couple times, may have been helped, but it shows up again. Could we make it that moderators could tag things as answered, not to show up again automatically? I tend to upvote answers that are on the robo reappear to stop this. Comments on that?

  • $\begingroup$ Does it work? I mean, does upvoting answers make the questions stop coming back to haunt us? $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 15 '11 at 4:43
  • $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson: I saw something that said if an answer got one upvote the robot wouldn't bring it back. I forget where or when. Jonas Meyer's answer supports this. $\endgroup$ – Ross Millikan Nov 15 '11 at 4:50
  • $\begingroup$ I picked this one because OP commented, but did not check the answer. Unlike others, OP has accepted some answers, so it is reasonable to claim that this answer didn't meet the need. I don't claim it is easy, but I have a problem with questions that keep showing up even though nobody seems to care. $\endgroup$ – Ross Millikan Nov 15 '11 at 4:58

(13 is the current rep of Community.)

If no one votes up any of the answers, and no answer is accepted, then I think it is good for the question to be bumped once in a while. If there is a good answer, then someone should vote it up eventually, and this exposure will help it occur sooner, hopefully. If there is not a good answer, then occasionally bringing more attention to the question is a good idea in general.

I don't think that there should be a special "answered" tag, because a single answer with a positive vote count (or an accepted answer) is already enough to remove the question from the Unanswered list and to stop the periodic bumping by Community. If there is an answer that users feel renders the placement on the Unanswered list inappropriate, then users can vote up the answer. Sometimes it takes a while, especially for questions that very few people care enough about to read enough to determine whether the answers are in fact good answers. In the meantime, I don't think the bumpings are a real problem.

  • $\begingroup$ What Jonas said. Meta.SO has more if you are interested in how the Community User earns its reputation. $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Nov 15 '11 at 9:24
  • $\begingroup$ On the other hand, anecdotally, it seems a lot of the issue is that the questions are bad in the first place. So, any answer, no matter how valiantly attempted, may not appear to resolve the question. $\endgroup$ – cardinal Nov 15 '11 at 19:09
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    $\begingroup$ @cardinal: If that's the case (the question is unanswerable), then the question should probably be closed as "Not a real question" or edited into a form where it is answerable. $\endgroup$ – Isaac Nov 15 '11 at 23:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Isaac: I agree, but that seems to rarely, if ever, happen. $\endgroup$ – cardinal Nov 17 '11 at 1:30

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