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     🧨 Happy Deepavali 🧨

I am thinking to introduce a "Monthly Answer Challenge" on our site to keep enthusiasm among users and more precisely to appreciate answers on this site!


Several beta sites run weekly topic challenge to increase or maintain questions per day stats, we had that thought once but it may sound bit improper to force or excite users to ask questions without any good reason. It may generate low quality unanswered questions.

The idea of "Monthly Answer Challenge" seems fine. It will encourage users to do research, read scriptures which can be helpful in the self-development because users will learn something and the efforts won't go in vain. It can also improve the percentage answer stats of our community. Couple of attempts #1, #2 have been made in this area before and I think this would be more efficient.

By the way, this doesn't mean we are not doing well. If we look at all sites sorted by "Percent Answered", we (76%) are doing fine compared to even trilogy Stack Exchange sites, Stack Overflow (70%), Super User (65%), Server Fault (78%).

The benefits of answering questions is already mentioned in the previous post. In brief, it will be beneficial to community and its users and visitors. The salient feature of this idea is Answers will be appreciated.


Let me introduce:

Thanks @Napoleon Wilson♦ for the technical help.

What is this?

  • This meta question post titled "Monthly Answer Challenge" will be yearly and answers will be added every month with declaring winners. The theme is "answer any question that was asked more than 3 months before the present month and which doesn't have an answer yet"

How do I?

What will happen?

  • The top-voted answer given each month will be rewarded a bounty of 100 points if it has a score of at least 3 or has been accepted.

Note: go through "monthly answer challenge" posts of 2019 or 2018 to see how does it work. Consider 1 November 2019 for the starting point for us. We will continue this custom every year if it will be well accepted by community.

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    Nice one +1. I blame napoelon :P – Ankit Sharma Oct 31 '19 at 9:51
  • Here is a similar context from Mi Yodeya – SwiftPushkar Nov 3 '19 at 7:35
  • @SwiftPushkar Mi Yodeya one is different one than the proposal here. Mi Yodeya one is quarterly bounties irrespective of date posted. This is only limited to old unanswered questionos M&TV also used to do the same but later it is discontinued. This is how this challenge works -> If there are 10 answers posted with criteria in a month, then the answer with highest score and accept takes precedence and will be chosen for bounty. – Sarvabhouma Nov 4 '19 at 6:54
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November 2019 results:

17 Answers are posted satisfying the criteria that is "Answers posted between 1st November 2019 to 31st November 2019 to old unanswered questions posted before 1st August 2019.

Top voted answer posted by Sarvabhouma has won this challenge and is awarded a bounty of 100 points!

Following is a list of answers generated by November challenge in descending order of votes: (Number of votes and status of acceptance are mentioned in the bracket)

1. (+5) What are the names of Yamunacharya's disciples?

  1. (+3A) Avatars of Garuda

  2. (+3) Why is Ramayana called the adi-kavya (first poem) and not Rig Veda?

  3. (+2) Does the concept of enlightenment apply to sects which only believe in Bhakti?
  4. (+1A) Which is the earliest reference to Upavedas?
  5. (+1) How many years was Arjuna in Svarga?

It may be worth to mention that out of 17, 8 answers are posted by srimannarayana k v and 3 by Sarvabhouma.

Note: Answers with no positive score with no acceptance are not listed here because they don't qualify as answering questions. (Questions with no upvoted or accepted answers are qualified as unanswered questions)

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December 2019 results:

11 Answers are posted satisfying the criteria that is "Answers posted between 1st December 2019 to 31st December 2019 to old unanswered questions posted before 1st August 2019.

Top voted answer posted by Sarvabhouma has won this challenge and is awarded a bounty of 100 points!

Following is a list of answers generated by December challenge in descending order of votes: (Number of votes and status of acceptance are mentioned in the bracket)

1. (+5) Why did Rama and Sita wait so long to have kids?

  1. (+2A) Why Dronacharya demanded to make King Drupada prisoner in his Guru Dakshina?

  2. (+2) How many Shaivite commentaries on the Brahma Sutras are there?

  3. (+1A) Were there any other religions during the treta and dwapar yuga?
  4. (+1) Why was Shishupala born with three eyes and four arms?

Note: Answers with no positive score with no acceptance are not listed here because they don't qualify as answering questions. (Questions with no upvoted or accepted answers are qualified as unanswered questions)

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