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Old 10-25-2010, 08:12 AM   #16
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Perhaps the 2nd post suggestion might be saved for a subsequent thank you post IF EVER OP posts the solution.
I am not looking for an argument here, but assuming that OP will post a "solution" post to the same thread might not help. The same OP might repeat his deed of the editing the first post, if not corrected then and there itself. And politely reminding the OP of his misdeed is necessary for ...

or have I read you incorrectly ?

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Old 10-26-2010, 03:24 AM   #17
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... nor am I. In fact, your suggestion is good & I am using it, here's my sample text:
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A suggestion for the future: If you answer your own question, put the solution in a separate post; this does 2 good things:
  • It generates e-mail to anyone subscribed to either the thread or the forum.
  • It avoids the creation of oxymoronic 0-reply solved threads.

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Old 10-26-2010, 05:43 AM   #18
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It avoids the creation of oxymoronic 0-reply solved threads.
I had to look up Google for 'oxymoronic'. Yes, I have studied the figures of speech but still I request you to have some pity on the non native English speakers
 
Old 10-26-2010, 06:44 AM   #19
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Thanks for catching my typo.

As for "oxymoron(ic)", it's become pretty common in American English in the last 20 or 30 years -- it's not just literary & pedantic any more. When it was taught in a college prep. English class, I figured that it's not a word to use on a construction site or in an army barracks; not if you want to be considered normal. I think it was in 1985 that I 1st heard it in everyday speech, so I use it w/o worrying about it being an unknown to my audience.

The alternative for those of us who care about the non-native speakers in our audience would be to make every possibly problematic word a link, e.g. oxymoron. The problem is that that can begin to look pedantic (), as well as being extra work.

Besides, I'll bet you'll only have to Google it once .

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Old 10-26-2010, 06:52 AM   #20
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Sorry, but in any language that I don't know well, I have to use a dictionary once in a while. Technically even in English sometimes.
 
Old 10-26-2010, 06:55 AM   #21
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The alternative for those of us who care about the non-native speakers in our audience would be to make every possibly problematic word a link, e.g. oxymoron. The problem is that that can begin to look pedantic (), as well as being extra work.

Besides, I'll bet you'll only have to Google it once .
Well, 'onebuck' does it every time, I mean the word-linking system
but this doesn't mean that other people have to do the same. Can't these problematic words be simply avoided and the whole statement be written in a plain and basic English ?

and I looked up Google for nearly 3 minutes, couldn't find anything helpful WRT 'oxymoronic' and then I closed the Google tab and moved ahead.

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Old 10-26-2010, 08:00 AM   #22
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Well, 'onebuck' does it every time, I mean the word-linking system
but this doesn't mean that other people have to do the same. Can't these problematic words be simply avoided and the whole statement be written in a plain and basic English ?

and I looked up Google for nearly 3 minutes, couldn't find anything helpful WRT 'oxymoronic' and then I closed the Google tab and moved ahead.
Yes, it can be avoided, but then proper expression is hampered. I have recently noticed that in some languages that do this, it causes problems in being able to properly express oneself. So, just use a dictionary, something like:
http://dictionary.reference.com/
which I have bookmarked, and everything will be ok.
 
Old 10-26-2010, 08:07 AM   #23
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Then perhaps a dictionary link should be provided with every such post
 
Old 11-13-2010, 09:50 AM   #24
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Search for unanswered questions?

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If you have any ideas on how we can further facilitate questions being answered at LQ, please let us know in this thread.

--jeremy
Hi Jeremy,

I haven't frequented the forums in a while, so this may have been touched on a lot already, but have you guys thought about implementing a search for unanswered questions?

It's probably far from the norm, but sometimes the original poster may reply back to their own thread with additional information, but still won't have received replies from anyone else.

Then there is also the case where others will reply, but nothing is resolved.

Thanks for the site!
 
Old 11-13-2010, 11:54 AM   #25
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This was implemented awhile ago: Zero Reply Search. It can be found in the menu bar to the right hand of the screen.
 
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Hi XavierP,

Not sure if you're replying to me or not, but if you are, I was referring to cases that the Zero Reply Search (ZRS) wouldn't catch. Those where the original poster replied back to their own thread to give further clarification, but the question still wasn't solved.
 
Old 11-13-2010, 04:17 PM   #27
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Ah, I understand. That would be a more complex search than the current engine can handle, I believe. You would need a search for all threads where there is only one poster but multiple posts and where the title is not [SOLVED}.

But yes, you're correct, the ZRS would not catch those by design - the aim of the ZRS is to pick up those threads with only one post. Not sure how we could stop people responding to their own threads and bumping themselves off the ZRS really.
 
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Hmm... reading this thread and the discussion regarding zero replies on [SOLVED] threads.

I just recently added one of those ( [SOLVED] RSSOwl and -current update Nov 29 ) in which I described the problem I was having and included my solution in the first post. Then later marked it as solved.

Perhaps I should have created two post? The first with the problem, the second with the solution?

Maybe I should have waited a while to mark the thread as solved?

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Old 12-03-2010, 06:01 AM   #29
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IMO, yes to both, except that you had the solution when you 1st posted. What might make the most sense would be to ask for feedback in the OP, then wait several days or even weeks to mark it "[SOLVED]" & if there have been no other posts add one.

W/ your post, you could unmark it "[SOLVED]" & edit in a request for others' experience, especially other options. (Hope I didn't put my foot in it suggesting that there could be other options -- I am guessing that it might be possible.)

Finally, I'm not sure other LQ-ers see the illogic of [SOLVED] 0-reply, or are bothered at all by it. To me, however, it is at least a contradiction in terms, if not a true oxymoron
 
Old 12-03-2010, 06:06 AM   #30
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How about prefixing the subject of threads that give information with [FYI]? Or are we adamant that this is Linux Questions, not Linux Answers?
 
  


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