So many times, a simple question is given a 'correct' answer (I shall use one of my own 'answers' as an example - Upgrade iPhone 5 from iOS 7.0.4 to iOS 7.1.2)

The chances are that this is the 'correct' answer, yet the OP will never return to show it as such (it doesn't matter for this case whether my actual answer was right or not, it's just an example) & so this question will hang in perpetuity, hogging valuable Google space if nothing else.

The question already has a few up-votes, so the regular 'bad question' scenario doesn't apply.

I guess my real question would be "Does this type of non-question/non-answer" quickly drop off SE after some time, or does it really hang around forever?"
.. or "Can this stuff be cleared up manually?"

  • I am not sure what you want to do about this. Would you want to delete such question with its answer? Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 12:17

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It will hang around for ever only questions with down votes will get automatically deleted.

Automatic deletion criteria are in this question

Note there are discussions on Stack Overflow about what more to do

  • OK, thanks. I'm still working through those links & other linked refs, but it seems fair to say that 'Community' will deal with them eventually & that short-term I shouldn't worry.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 19:29
  • As this question's answer have positive votes they will stay around - but anyway don't worry
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 19:44

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