We seem to have a lot of questions here that get answers, but go years without an answer ever being given a check-mark. Every so often, these questions get bumped to the top of the stack by
Community, but they need nothing other than to have an answer accepted.
I've tried putting a comment on the OP:
Did you ever get this resolved? If so, please give a check-mark to the answer that helped you the most, or write up your own answer explaining what you did to get it fixed and give yourself a check mark. That will help others with this kind of problem know that this has a resolution and is a good place to look for their answer.
In the hopes that someone would come back to select an answer. I think it's worked once. :/ For others, I'm voting to close, especially if there are unanswered questions in the comments on the OP. Often, the questions not answered by the OP leave it vague enough that we really can't generate an answer of any sort.
Generally, though, efforts to get a "non-invested" user to come back is pretty futile when the question is a year or more old and the OP has 1 rep. They're just not gonna come back. Either they hired out the project to get it fixed, they gave up on it, or they just bodged it in the hopes of not burning their house down.
Sometimes, though, there is a really good answer or two to the question, but it's just not been accepted. This is an example - it's got an upvote, it's got an answer that seems quite reasonable, and the OP even gave feedback on the answer. The OP has a bit of rep, but hasn't been back to [DIY] in a year. Is there a way for a mod to mark an answer as accepted?
I imagine the answer is "no", but I think this would be a good feature within some constraints like:
- If the question is more than 1 year old without an accepted answer, then
- A mod could accept the most highly upvoted answer.
- A quorum of highly rated users (over 10k rep, or 20k rep, or... pick a number) could vote to accept an answer.
- A quorum of users with at least a bronze badge in one of the tags could vote to accept an answer.
- Some other criteria I haven't thought of.
Maybe I'm just more OCD than most about these types of things, but it strikes me as rather rude to ask for free help and not come back to say "thank you" within the rules of the community (i.e. up votes & a check mark). When I see these old questions pop up for no good reason other than the laziness of the OP, it's annoying and I want to make them go away...