I've been on a flagging, commenting, upvoting rampage lately to try and get this sites stats up, and I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the number of A: unanswered questions, and B: the number of "unanswered questions" that actually have been resolved and are simply lacking an "official from-OP" answer vote.
This question is very similar to syb0rg's question here, but I figured my question was a tad too long for an answer to that.
This is definitely an issue, though I'm wondering if it will affect the graduation of the site. If there was an ability to search the comments on questions/answers for It Works! and Thanks! I think we would see a lot of questions that have been solved in the comments and just haven't been "officially" answered.
While I haven't kept tabs on all of them I have come across, there are a massive chunk of answer this way, such as this question and this one and I believe this one. Here's a full list (not so pretty :P):
not to mention about a billion more that I'm sure are out there, that I have yet to run across.
I think this is an issue mainly with users that have an issue and pop on to here to get a quick and simple, show me what to do answer, and then leave without ever getting involved with the community or even marking/creating an answer to their question!
Jivings made a great point in the chat regarding this, you can read it here.
The difference between us and other SE sites is that we are focussed primarily at noobs.
which I am afraid is going to affect our chance of graduation if Stack Exchange doesn't recognize that. If it does, we are fine and dandy, as we are actually above a few regular, graduated, official sites in stats (such as Ask Ubuntu, which has only a 66% Q:A ratio.)
If you are a newer user to the site, please don't take this offensively, read the chat around and you'll understand we are not in any way insulting newer users with that term.
We need more people going through the old questions/unanswered questions list and commenting, upvoting, and flagging, trying to get people to mark answers and hopefully get them more involved. Otherwise, I'm afraid that this site will never graduate or even might be shut down.
One possible solution, though I doubt it will happen, is to give the Mods on this site the ability to mark answers or create/mark answers that are clearly resolved, but not marked as such by OP and the users inactive for quite some time. Another might be to just start closing questions that are inactive and have had basically no attention and obviously no resolution.
As for commenting, there is a wonderful StackApp called AutoReviewComments that allows you access to many review comments that are commonly used, and even allows you to add your own. This makes this sort of reviewing much easier and take much less time.
If you've read all the way through this massive Meta post and understand it all, Mucho Kudos to you :D but we really need to do something about this. If we could get some input from some SE CMs and the RPi beta site mods, that would be awesome.
EDIT I have received several responses from my "Have You Solved This?" comments! This proves that people are involved, they may have just forgot about old questions or resolved it outside of Stack Exchange and have simply forgot the old question. Yay!
This proves that commenting and going through old questions really does work and may even attract attention to old questions that can now be answered!