# The Problem

As explained in this post and a follow-up to this one:

Obviously the event linked did a lot to clean up unanswered questions, but there is still a long way to go! Statistics for my favorite sites (unanswered with no upvoted answers) basically that number when you click on unanswered that shows up with the text "questions with no upvoted or accepted answers":

$\pu{\color{Green}{13} Worldbuilding}$

$\pu{\color{Green}{81} PCG}$

$\pu{\color{orange}{425} Astronomy}$

$\pu{\color{red}{4,673} Chemistry}$

# How can we solve this?

My idea: Create a chat room like [spring-cleanup] dedicated to answering unanswered questions. In fact, I have already done this. My question is, can this work?

I am obligated to post a disclaimer:

I usually don't foray onto meta sites much, I'm a chemist, not a meta-chemist. This is one of my first posts, please tell me if anything needs to be fixed. Kindly, not like this one.

• Your comparison is delightfully colorful, but not fair. Astronomy is much smaller and quieter than us AFAIK, and the other two aren't science sites. That said, it'd be pretty cool to coordinate a chat event or something to answer unanswered questions. We'd just need enough interested people. Mar 15 '18 at 21:05
• I'm afraid you don't know what you're talking about... There are reasons why questions are unanswered, and them people didn't want to answer them is one of more important. Mar 15 '18 at 21:36
• @Mithoron has hit the nail on the head here. Most of the unanswered questions are either uninteresting, highly specialist knowledge, or just don't have a well defined answer. There isn't really a lot we can do about this IMO.
– bon
Mar 15 '18 at 22:16
• How did you get that count of 4673? Currently, there's 4144 (not huge, but yes, that's a reduction of 10%) open, zero or positive score questions with no answers Consider editing in the post to reflect the new stats, or please clarify why would you also like to include closed questions in your count. As you can see yourself, many of them are simply duplicates. Mar 16 '18 at 3:23
• Also, yeah, I just looked at Physics.SE's backlog. I think we're OK compared to them. Mar 16 '18 at 16:45
• Obligatory link to a similar panic raised a few years back: chemistry.meta.stackexchange.com/q/3527/5026 Mar 19 '18 at 5:31
• A SEDE query that fetches the list of all bounties offered till date (data updated every Sunday). It is a great way to determine how effective even bounties have been in fetching required answers. Mar 19 '18 at 6:51