An old question was brought to my attention.
I encountered a question in the "Close Votes" queue. I responded this way:
Welcome to ELL! Please share what research you have already done, and what you found that confused you. The word "barber" has an interesting definition in the dictionary that might surprise you. After reading it, what do you think the answer might be? (To improve your question, use the [Edit] button on your question and add details, please.) Please read the "Contributor's Guide to ELL" and Details Please. Keep contributing and welcome! – whiskeychief yesterday
A moderator has pointed out that:
@whiskeychief - Good advice, but the "Welcome!" part of your comment rings a bit odd, seeing that this question was asked in 2015 and the OP has not logged in for almost 11 months. – ♦
I usually use a very standard "welcome" comment when a question needs to be improved and the OP has a relatively small reputation count.
The SE system wants a response
At the moment, the question has:
- a close vote in the queue for review
- an open bounty (+50) from a moderator
The system is looking for an action, either a close vote, a comment, or an edit.
I generally respond to the Review queue without considering the aging of the original question.
So, the question:
Is it proper to simply assume the commenter has abandoned the site and won't be back to fix it?
Should I change the way I react to a question based on how old it is?