I think 48 hours is way too short, especially considering we have an international community. [...]
48 hours is way too long. I rarely see anyone post a new answer beyond the 24 hour time mark. UNLESS that question hits the Hot Network Questions collider, and attracts more than three answers, then it makes a lot of sense for the OP to wait. Now, how often does that happen with your average ELL question? Someone give me the statistics!
ELL core community members need to UPVOTE more questions and good answers. And users need to do some bloody research before posting their "What does [WORD/ EXPRESSION] mean? questions.
I received a very good answer to one of two questions, which I posted yesterday. I had no hesitation in accepting it within minutes. It was the "right" answer. And users saw that my question had been accepted, so they were probably curious to read the post. I think if I had left it unaccepted, the answer would not have received the six upvotes it did.
My only regret is that the question appears to have fallen off the radar / disappeared from the spotlight.
My other question, which by the way was researched, attracted three answers, two of which have each attracted 2 upvotes. I am 100% certain I will not get any new answers. But... maybe after this piece on meta, someone will take up the gauntlet. No, I won't add the link, find it yourself.
As to spotlights, radars, and bounties. Why hasn't anyone come forward to answer the bounty question?
Simple present for speaking about the future the way natives do
Eight upvotes, one good (but) off topic answer, and nothing else. Why? 50 rep, and if the answer is great I will set up another bounty of 100. The question is not mine, and I would love to post a complete answer, but I'm not competent enough.