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"Unanswered" is a bit of a misnomer as some have been "de-answered".
Take a look at the top one on the list, for example - it's protected due to answers having to be removed. Whether that's an OP not accepting one or an overzealous mod or a genuine case of all the answers being totally unhelpful, we will never know.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain
A few times, I tried to get help from the SO community. Every single time, I was met with insults, of the kind "Something similar to this was answered way back in 2003 - what kind of idiot are you that cannot dig up that answer and stop bothering us?"
I guess that a sizable fraction of those five million help seekers have come to the same conclusion than I have: Trying to push something on SO is futile. You can search it to see if anyone has run into exactly the same problem as you have, and received decent help. If not, search somewhere else for an answer.
I'd be curious to know how many unique users are behind those five million questions. But the really interesting question is how many have recieved more or less insulting answers, like me, and then decided that SO is not a place to get help. Software masochists may get some satisfaction there, but I happen not to be in that group.
Yeah, I agree. SO can be a very bad experience. And, if you can believe it, I've had an even worse time at electronics.stackexchange.com (stackexchange is the parent to SO and the site is related).
At one point I asked a question about voltage ratings on capacitors that I really wanted to know the answer about and they literally deleted my question and it took me a long time to write it up so that it was detailed and meaningful.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
I've got colleagues/friends who seriously argues that in ordinary prose, we should stsart enclosing conditions in parentheses, 'If (it is raining), use an umbrella'. It would make the text clearer and less ambiguous, they claim. Seriously.
I counter by pointing out that Pascal didn't require parentheses, yet there was no ambiguiety. But then you have to use a 'then'! my friends argue. To prove their point they dig up a dozen quotes from different prose texts, where recognized authors write sentences of the kind 'If it is raining, use an umbrella'. Which proves that the 'then' is superfluous. Pascal was wrong! Parentheses are far more general that this silly 'then', e.g. you can use the same mechanism for grouping partial conditions as you use for delimiting the full condition.
I am serious: They are serious, insisting on introducing C syntax in prose.
In my younger days, I found it fascinating trying to work out counterarguments to such logic. Now I am so old that I just shake my head in disbelief.