This is a suggestion for attacking the problem of too many unanswered questions, which in many cases are not really unanswered. This problem was already raised by Lord_Farin (and also by Amzoti). My suggestion is two-fold:
- Having a new tab
confirmed unanswered questionswhich includes questions where the community has decided that they don't have an answer yet. At the moment the tab
unansweredis pretty much useless with over 20.000 unanswered questions. How do questions get there?
- This is the issue for the new review queue: This works more or less like the bumping up by the Community user. If a question does not get answered in a certain amount of time (maybe 2 weeks once there are not that many anymore), then it gets into the review queue and a reviewer can decide if he wants to close/vote for transforming a comment to a community wiki answer/edit/really is unanswered [in which case it goes to the new tab.
What do you think? Do you have other suggestions for clearing the unanswered tab? Note that there also is a discussion chat about unanswered questions also attempting to remove some of them.