# 90 unanswered questions and counting

I can see a whole bunch of interesting but unanswered questions on the site, which means there are no experts around motivated enough to post here. This does not bode well and discourages people from posting more questions. Unless more effort is expended by those knowledgeable in the Earth sciences, "broken windows" effect may gain traction and make this site a loser among betas.

• Out of curiosity, where did you get that number? When I go in Unanswered and then in the tab no answers I only see 79 questions this morning (granted that a couple of them where answered yesterday). – plannapus Jul 10 '14 at 6:51
• A bunch was upvoted. 'Unanswered' in SE speak means having no upvoted answers. – Deer Hunter Jul 10 '14 at 6:52
• Related, on meta.iology.stackexchange.com: Old Unanswered Question Event – J. Musser Aug 19 '14 at 21:01
• biology, not iology. :) – J. Musser Aug 19 '14 at 22:48
• I removed my answer as I realised that it would be misconstrued as being impatient, which was not my intention. – user889 Oct 10 '14 at 22:31

Blunders has the right idea, so I won't spend words restating his post.

I am curious to hear the reasoning behind:

This does not bode well and discourages people from posting more questions.

Good questions often take some time for a good answer to be written up. I'll use your question here as an example. I put that Q on my list of things I want to answer about 5 minutes after you posted it, but only found the time to do a rudimentary write up for it today. Part of the issue in the length of time a question goes unanswered isn't necessarily that we don't have experts, its that we dont have many experts and our scope is quite broad. I know we have a few other meteorologists and closely related scientists here, but those of us that fall under the "skilled meteorologist" banner who are also knowledgeable in thunderstorm forecasting really narrows down how many of us can answer that question. Its not a bad thing! It just means, in general, that the narrower the scope the less people can answer it, and thus the longer it might take for those few people to answer it.

So what can you do about it?

If your question (or any question for that matter) is going unanswered and you want to draw attention to it to get an answer do the following:

• Vote on it, upvotes are free (and people like rep!)
• Offer a bounty on it.