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Old 10-02-2009, 09:19 AM   #16
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With the first LQ Zero Reply Drive officially over, I'd like to thank everyone for participating. At 10PM LQST last night, there were 242 Zero Reply threads. That means over the course of 48 hours we reduced threads with no replies by 52%. I definitely consider this a successful effort and would like feedback on whether we should make the LQ Zero Reply a regular occurrence. If we do, how often should we have the drive and for how long each time. Thanks again, your effort and dedication are appreciated.

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Old 10-02-2009, 09:34 AM   #17
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Well, one thing you can do is when the number of zero reply posts gets large (past a limit) you can do it again ... basically on an as needed basis.
 
Old 10-02-2009, 10:21 AM   #18
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Hi,

As has already been suggested, set some upper limit for the number off zero reply threads. Once reached then do a "Zero Reply Drive"

I think that doing it every x months, or any defined period, would loose its effectiveness. It would just become the normal and get overlooked, like the zero reply threads that its trying to address/fix

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Old 10-02-2009, 02:47 PM   #19
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Something I've wondered about for a long time ...

Roughly what percentage of zero-reply threads (compared to all threads started) "fall of the end" w/o ever getting answered? Do you have any statistics on that?
 
Old 10-02-2009, 02:52 PM   #20
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That's not a statistic we currently track, but the relevant information is all public, so could be worked out if you're interested enough.

--jeremy
 
Old 10-02-2009, 08:58 PM   #21
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I think that doing it every x months, or any defined period, would loose its effectiveness. It would just become the normal and get overlooked, like the zero reply threads that its trying to address/fix

Regards
Ian
Not necessarily. If the drive happens, say, every three months, and the most helpful responder receives a free prize from the LQ store (or a $50 gift certificate to Red Lobster), I think that might help keep it interesting and productive.

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Old 10-07-2009, 09:56 PM   #22
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Jeremy, Do you have final counts?
 
Old 10-08-2009, 10:04 AM   #23
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The final counts are in post #16: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...30#post3705030

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Old 10-14-2009, 05:00 PM   #24
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Zero Reply vs Not Solved Yet

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One of the main goals of LQ is to help members get questions about Linux answered. One way we help facilitate this is with the "Zero Reply" functionality, which allows you to easily find threads with no replies.

If you have any ideas on how we can further facilitate questions being answered at LQ, please let us know in this thread.
--jeremy
All too often a Good Question gets sunk without trace by a "me too" or "more information please" or "wrong answer" reply.

Can we have a way of marking a query as "Not Solved Yet" and get it back in the Zero reply queue?

Maybe when the question is posed it is marked as "Not Solved Yet".

After each reply it is, by default, marked "Solved", unless a radio button is clicked to re-mark it as "Not Solved Yet".
 
Old 10-14-2009, 05:08 PM   #25
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The current functionality allows posters to mark their query as solved. Anything that isn't marked as such is assumed to not be solved. If we set every thread to solved after each reply we would soon lose members as they get fed up having to manually unmark each time.

In terms of the quality of answers, if the original post doesn't have enough information, the only thing to do is to request more information.
 
Old 10-14-2009, 05:44 PM   #26
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The current functionality allows posters to mark their query as solved.
Ah. Now you bring my attention to the existence of such a feature... I eventually found it under "Thread Tools", but only under my own threads...

Perhaps we need a "Unsolved" thread tool to push it back into the zero reply queue.
 
Old 10-14-2009, 11:50 PM   #27
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Hi,

As has already been suggested, set some upper limit for the number off zero reply threads. Once reached then do a "Zero Reply Drive"
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Regards
Ian
I also think that this would be a good way to schedule the drives, but regardless which way is decided as the frequency of zero-reply drives, I do think that it would be good to have them every so often, considering the relative success of this one.

Nice going, everyone

Sasha
 
Old 10-15-2009, 07:21 AM   #28
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Perhaps we need a "Unsolved" thread tool to push it back into the zero reply queue.
But the zero reply queue is purely for those threads that have no replies at all. The main queues are for threads that have replies but are still unsolved. And, if I create a thread, I should be the one to deem it solved or unsolved. If I'm happy with a resolution and mark it solved I really would not want someone else to change that because my solution wasn't their solution.
 
Old 10-15-2009, 04:10 PM   #29
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Just my thoughts on a couple things I've read on this, as coming from a Windows only background this site has been huge for me.

I've even had a post where the first reply I got was basically a lecture of "well why didn't you google it" when I had no clue what to google exactly anyway. I could see where some people would get that, get frustrated, and just abandon the post because someone was an arse.

I do think the zero response drive was cool, I tried to even pitch in even though I know very little about Linux. Maybe if you do it every X days, or the first day of every quarter blast out an email reminding everyone its that time again, that would be good.

I wouldn't go through and auto-mark any threads as Solved. I think being able to mark them as Solved is a newer feature. Maybe if it was given its own button instead of buried in the menu, that would remind people that its an option and they would use it more. solved is all relative to the poster, and it may take a few posts for the poster to even ask the right question.

I think drawing more attention to the Mark as Solved feature like I mentioned above would make an "unsolved" drive every few months more worthwhile.
 
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Unfortunately I didn't receive the email about this drive until it was almost over.
 
  


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