The Roomba needs to go away for this site. (It also needs to be changed for the other SE sites, but that's another story.)
First, let me say that this site is different than other StackExchange sites. Questions may not get attention because they are specialized, but that does not mean the questions are so poor that we should be deleting people's content. That's not respectful of the time and energy our contributors spent writing their question, nor is it respectful of their desire to contribute.
Second, sometimes questions don't get answers because there is no current software solution. But a clever developer may write a new application to fill that exact need. New products and applications are always being invented and developed. Why delete the question that may have inspired a developer to create a solution?
Last, but definitely not least, I agree with Undo that the big problem is that not enough people cast votes.
There seem to be two reasons involved:
- StackExchange seems to largely attracts readers, but not contributors. Given that there are many SE questions with tens of thousands of views, but only a handful of votes, it's probable that many of those viewers are not interested in contributing. This SE is new, and therefore is a nice exception. I think we probably have one of the highest rates of contribution on SE. This leads me to item 2...
Most people on SE tend to be very selectively generous. Despite a fair amount of expertise in the field, I don't understand the psychology behind it, but I've seen it so frequently on SE that I can clearly identify it. Often people will provide an answer without even upvoting the question. That's just bizarre. If it's worth the time and energy to provide an answer, why not also give it an upvote (assuming they have the minimum rep)?
I do understand the sociology behind it: with so few people casting votes, others are less likely to do so.
Me, personally, when I read a question, and I think it is a good and useful question, I give it an upvote. When I read an answer, and it is accurate and helpful, I give it an upvote. I know it makes people feel good, so I do it. Why most others don't choose to perform generous and kind acts, I just don't understand.
That said, this site can certainly be part of a the solution: VOTE MORE!
But given that this problem has plagued the StackExchange culture for years, it will likely take time for positive change to take hold. Hopefully, we will learn, and StackExchange culture will change so that people are willing to compliment each other more via upvotes for good questions and answers.