We tell users that WPSE will probably get better more WordPress oriented answers than SO but this, this, this, also this, this one too, and this are all zero answer questions on the first page of the unanswered tab with ages over a year. Sometimes four or five years.

This is clearly a problem. How do we solve it?

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    Those look like difficult questions! I'd say that Stack Overflow has its share of old and unanswered questions, but the best solution is to edit the questions to clarify them if they're needed, and to answer them :) Anybody past a certain rep level can already suggest or accept edits, and we fix up formatting and wording regularly, in particular for broken code examples
    – Tom J Nowell Mod
    Aug 29 '19 at 9:05
  • They look like a mix of poorly asked, hard, and off-topic without any guidance ever offered to help educate the askers. How many of those askers, I wonder, still ask WP questions here? Aug 31 '19 at 23:43

Questions that don't get answered can happen but may get answered over time.

The only way to try and get these kinds of questions answered is to promote them. This could be through social media, it could be back linking it on other forums, anything that draws attention to the question at hand.

Since this is a QA format, questions that fall off the front page are usually gone to those who are not looking. Questions get found by users looking specifically to answer questions or users who have a similar issue and are looking for a solution. They come across them either via Google (other search engines, sure, but Google is the highest by a longshot) or the site search engine.

Users who are looking to answer questions then need to decide if that specific question is something they're looking to spend time solving, explaining, and writing up. If they feel it's worth the effort then an answer is submitted.

Users who come across it via search either see it has no answer, maybe throw it an upvote and move on or hopefully solve the problem on their own and come back to submit how they got around the issue.

Getting answers to questions sometimes revolve around how common the question is or how much effort a random stranger wants to put into answering it.

Most of the questions linked in your post are ~2+ years old and all of the questions have less than 700 views. An average view count of ~431 which is not as high as it looks.

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