Every now and then, I run what I call a "housecleening task", walking the "unanswered" questions and see which I can answer, which are not answerable, and which might be closed. My actions are following these schema:
- If I can provide an answer, I do so
- If I think the question should be closed...
- ...and I have close-votes left, I vote-to-close
- ...otherwise I flag it for moderator attention, giving the corresponding reason
- If I cannot answer the question, but maybe enhance it by a comment (asking for missing details and the like), I leave a comment
- Everything else I "ignore"
This mental list I walk top-down, and break to the next question as soon as a condition was met (and the described action taken).
Currently, I'm stuck with some questions: I already v-c'd them in a previous run, so I cannot do that again. I marked some of them for moderator attention with the reason "too localized". For most of them, some mod found that reasonable. But for some I've got a "declined" with the comment: Why? What reason is there for this to not be experienced by any other user?
Unfortunately, there's no way to respond to the question -- so I decided to put it to Meta. In this special cases, the question would be:
What makes a question "too localized?"
But that would somehow be a XY problem. The real question to me is:
How useful is a question which is > 6 month old, having no answer (not even a hint in the comments) and a low view count (say, 10 views/month average)? How should we deal with those?
There might of course be reasons why some other user could experience a similar problem. But with no answer, the question is not useful to him. It's quite frustrating if you are looking for a solution, and everywhere you see just the question, never an answer. I wouldn't even dare asking in such cases (what sense does it make? Nobody answered that question for a long time here, so why should they do so now?). Not being helpful, and even being discouraging, and due to the low view-count obviously not that interesting to readers makes them clear candidates to be closed (or even deleted) -- at least to me.
A comparable question is What should happen to old unanswered questions where the OP didn't even care to check?, btw.