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caprilo 12-17-2009 12:35 AM

Conversion of solved threads into guides
 
There are threads that try to fix some problem; expert users ask for input, then, based on this they try to give solutions. Sometimes you find just the same question or problem you have, posted from other user and either you go reading and trying each step until you succeed, or read all the [enormous] thread until finding the end of the problem. It would be great that when a problem is solved or a question is answered, the thread became a brief and easy-to-follow problem/solution or question/answer section or guide, without all the intermediate steps and solution attempts.

kc4mts 12-17-2009 02:04 AM

Conversion of solved threads into guides
 
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Originally Posted by caprilo (Post 3794785)
There are threads that try to fix some problem; expert users ask for input, then, based on this they try to give solutions. Sometimes you find just the same question or problem you have, posted from other user and either you go reading and trying each step until you succeed, or read all the [enormous] thread until finding the end of the problem. It would be great that when a problem is solved or a question is answered, the thread became a brief and easy-to-follow problem/solution or question/answer section or guide, without all the intermediate steps and solution attempts.

I agree that this would be a big help but I must say that it would be a lot of work as well.... There is a section for adding tags to a thread that enables faster accurate searches when they are used properly. A single word or a couple of single words are used to TAG the information for a particular subject, such as HP and AIO and driver would be used as tags for a thread that was written about or requesting information for or had a solution for a driver for an Hewlett Packard All in One printer. You could add the model number to the tag and possibly the word solved to make it even more accurate. When a search is done the tags are used as a part of the search to get the likeliest choices from the search. The issue being that not every one uses the tags when posting.
It would be a time saver if the tags could be entered when replying to a thread. I do not know how. I usually re-enter the thread and make the tags then (as I am about to do for this one).

Alan

colonna 12-17-2009 05:16 AM

Using the Wiki instead of the Forum.
 
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Originally Posted by caprilo (Post 3794785)
There are threads that try to fix some problem; expert users ask for input, then, based on this they try to give solutions. Sometimes you find just the same question or problem you have, posted from other user and either you go reading and trying each step until you succeed, or read all the [enormous] thread until finding the end of the problem. It would be great that when a problem is solved or a question is answered, the thread became a brief and easy-to-follow problem/solution or question/answer section or guide, without all the intermediate steps and solution attempts.

I think that using the Wiki instead of the Forum answers your question.
The wiki page is the guide text that answers the questions you asked in the discussion page.

There are other (and more sophisticated) possibilities.

The important point is that a wiki page is, by construction, readable as a unique text.

jeremy 12-17-2009 09:45 AM

Any LQ member is welcome (encouraged even) to take a quality thread with a solution and make a tutorial out of it, either for the LQ Wiki or the Tutorials section here at LQ.

--jeremy

colonna 12-17-2009 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 3795414)
Any LQ member is welcome (encouraged even) to take a quality thread with a solution and make a tutorial out of it, either for the LQ Wiki or the Tutorials section here at LQ.

--jeremy

Hello Jeremy
I think you miss the main point : a wiki page is a quality thread by construction : no need then to ask somebody to redo the job.

--colonna

jeremy 12-17-2009 11:40 AM

The original question was related to taking quality threads here in the forum and turning them into more structured guides. That's what I was addressing in my post.

--jeremy

caprilo 12-18-2009 12:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 3795568)
The original question was related to taking quality threads here in the forum and turning them into more structured guides. That's what I was addressing in my post.

--jeremy

Yes, I think this could be done by volunteers, and also that adding a button or link for writing a tutorial from a thread would encourage some users to do it.

agibson 12-18-2009 11:06 AM

Keep the thread, but make the guide or sections.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by caprilo (Post 3794785)
There are threads that try to fix some problem; expert users ask for input, then, based on this they try to give solutions. Sometimes you find just the same question or problem you have, posted from other user and either you go reading and trying each step until you succeed, or read all the [enormous] thread until finding the end of the problem. It would be great that when a problem is solved or a question is answered, the thread became a brief and easy-to-follow problem/solution or question/answer section or guide, without all the intermediate steps and solution attempts.

The guide or section is great. Keep the Original thread for back ground reference. Copy and Paste the useful parts to the guide. Cross reference the thread to the Guide and the Guide to the thread or threads. Post the reference to the guide from the thread. Keep the dates for time frame reference. It is work that can be done by all of us. Kind of like Wikipedia.

TheStarLion 12-18-2009 12:58 PM

Perhaps if, when a new page is created, it comes with a template - something similar to when you create a new wiki page for a Google Code project - that just needs the titles changing and so on.

If people adhere to the provided template, there should be minimal differences to the layout of the pages, and everyone would have a base to work from.

piloy 12-18-2009 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeremy (Post 3795568)
The original question was related to taking quality threads here in the forum and turning them into more structured guides. That's what I was addressing in my post.

--jeremy

having had many technical problems as a newbie a simple pointer how to system would be of the most benefit ie how to open man pages

should be easy but run
man 1. no go
man one
sudo man one
sudo man 1

I find even absolute beginners forums to complicated.I have run Ubuntu on my desktop for (two years)Still a newbie but still struggle,With grub grub 2 formating and running external drives and man terminal maybe I'm too old but I haven't given up yet.

so yes something simple I would be all for that.

PS sorry if this is in the wrong forum I stumbled upon the post but it is sort of relevant.isn't it?


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