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personally i feel that if the distribution field is made compulsory,
it would be of great help
because,whenever a problem is posted then,not everytime it is specified what the distribution is being used(maybe they forget to mention about it)
so, we have to first ask what distribution is he using??
and it adds up to ur no. of posts....
and we are not able to give out any hlp till the thread starter replies to that
And there are some forums that won't need it - General, LUGs, WQ&S, etc. Also, it means that there is one more step to take before posting a thread - it may turn some people off.
But I wouldn't mind seeing it implemented - maybe remove it from the User Profiles and make it a field when posting a thread - that way, it's always up to date and you don't hae to play guess the distro (esp. when someone runs multiple distros). And doing it this way means it's always up to date. For those who have no distro, a field called "No distro" or "not applicable" could be added.
If "Does Not Apply" is set as the default, most people will leave it as that and we'll be back where we started. I think "Choose an option" should be the default, with a warning if you don't choose an option - maybe worded to say "please choose which distro this question applies to. If it's not a question about something to do with your distro, then choose DNA" or something like that.
Distribution: Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Fedora, Ubuntu
The problem with making it required for every post is that
1) I try to keep posting as simple as possible. The reality is that making it required will confuse some people and they'll just go elsewhere (or worse, give up on Linux).
2) Do the people with 1000+ posts really want to select from a dropdown every time?
Now, don't get me wrong I think having the distro is really useful and am open to ideas on how to get everyone to fill it in - we just have to go about it the correct way.
Would it not be possible to use a cookie or session variable or even store in the database what the member last entered. It would save repeating it. Also making the default value blank or n/a it would mean it could be optional.
Dunno if this is possible codewise , but....
What about an "intelligent" distro-field?
I'll explain , what I mean:
The field (still required) would default to the user's distro as mentioned in his/her profile with the question added:
Distro still accurate?(Yes/No)
Then the poster will HAVE to confirm or chamge it accordingly.
It would be very nice , if this would also update the poster's profile in the same instant.
Could be faulty with members with multiple distros in their profile.
Btw.- I don't think , a pull-down menu would be handy : There are about a couple o'hundreds distros in use.
And even more version-numbers.....
No-one wants to be confronted with a two-miles-long "scrollfest"......
Last edited by Megamieuwsel; 09-05-2004 at 12:56 PM.