Abandoned questions have been an issue at Experts Exchange for a long time. A couple of years ago, EE put in place a "participant-close" feature where participants in a question would receive a "Help Close" notification for any question that was inactive for 14 days.
I thought this method worked well, allowing members to close questions that were abandoned. I did not see members favoring their own answers, i.e., for the most part, participants were fair in picking the solutions. Any participant who disagreed with the closing could object, whereupon a civil, professional exchange could occur, hopefully leading to an agreement by all participants. It may not have been a perfect system, but it was very good, imo.
EE shut down the participant-close feature (aka "inactive system") a few months ago (first bullet point in the 17 September 2018, Release Notes
). As a result, abandoned questions are no longer closed, and members who have spent time answering them no longer receive points, even when the answers are spot-on (unless someone marks a post as "This is the solution", which is rare in my experience). While there's an inclination to think that only new, inexperienced members abandon questions, this is simply not the case. For example, I participated in a question that has been abandoned for more than four months by a Savant who has been an EE member for 20+ years, and is still very active on the site...not exactly a newbie. :)
The Release Note that announced the "Inactive system shut down" said that "This coincides with the Expert Beta being launched." That seems to imply that the "Expert Beta" would provide the same or similar functionality as the "Inactive system", but as far as I can tell, that's not the case, unless I'm missing how an Expert can (1) object to a "This is the solution" selection (rare as that may be) and (2) mark his/her own comment as a solution (I see how to do it for the comments of others), which is especially problematic when only one Expert participated. Or are we supposed to use an RA to object to a solution selection or to close a question where we think the solution is our own post(s)?
Looking forward to your thoughts. Regards, Joe