Search API is a popular, powerful, difficult module to work with. It's a module with its own ecosystem of specialist niches, from facets to its integration with the labyrinthine Solr/Lucene project, plus 30-40 other supporting contrib modules, and it's use of the contrib Entity API is very advanced.
Probably because of this, I've found that it's particularly hard to get answers to Search API questions on Drupal Answers. Look at this question: it had a 100 rep bounty for a week, with me adding daily (sometimes twice daily) updates whenever I found any new clue or potentially useful information, and it got nothing except 4 people following it, presumably also hoping to see answers. (there was one answer, since deleted: it was someone linking to their own similar question on StackOverflow, which had also received no answers). I believe I got another tumbleweed badge for it before I added the bounty.
Another reason it's difficult is, Search API is maintained by just one guy. Non-critical issues on the issue queue rarely get responses. Here's a not untypical Search API issue thread I happened to be looking at today for other reasons.
I've now got another non-trivial Search API question, and I'm getting deja vu. Even with the currently active 150 rep bounty it could still go tumbleweed, and could easily go 7 days with no answers.
I've used stackexchange for a long time, and I'm sure it's a pretty well-written, answerable question. I'm doing everything I can think of to improve the chances of getting an answer:
- posting on here alongside the official support issue queue
- offering a generous bounty at the first opportunity
- editting to improve the question any time I get new info or think of a clearer way to express the question
- phrasing the question in a realistic, "I'm hoping for X but I'd settle for Y" way, to encourage incomplete but potentially helpful answers
Is there anything more I can do? Is it allowed (or even possible) to ping users who follow the Search API tag, for example? I've tried thinking of a way to generalise the question to not be specific to Drupal to ask on StackOveflow ("How to integrate a platform with these behaviours ... with stemming in Solr?"), but the Drupal-specific part is the crucial part. Are there any ways to increase the chances of someone with specialist Search API knowledge seeing it?
Or anything else I could be doing?
Search API is a bit of an extreme case, but I imagine answers to this might also be applicable to people hunting for answers to any other difficult topics.