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I recommend LQ add an optional set of check boxes and "other" to allow posters to select which language or category they are asking about. Next, allow an advanced search to filter these categories so that 1) users with questions can find similar threads more quickly, 2) people like me can search for things we are good at to help with. Of course, I'm not saying 1 will apply less to me than 2. I'd say it's obvious which threads are which, but you can't search for "looks like C" when many times it's implicit. ??? [ ] [X] ^^^
my reasoning is that people should make informative thread titles. by this, i mean the title should start with what language the thread is about, such as [C], [Java], etc. it might even be faster to type it than to move the mouse and click the box!
Sounds fantastic - wouldn't this have a massive overhead on programming though? And why can't people just use descriptive thread titles. We are Linux users after all, do we need our hands holding at every single step of the way?
any solution would need to be implemented in a generic, multi functional way, your distro is as relevant in a distro specific question as your language is in a programming question, your nic driver in a nic issue etc... as such, as mentioned above, ths is really where tagging woudl come in, and i hate tagging in general, but it would be the place for it. that would potentially lead to issues around strcuturing that information, and the potential mandating of certain forms of data, which in itself is hard within tagging. but outside of that, it's not likely to be honest, as it's already there...
Also, if you explicitly mark your problem as say "perl" and further down the line you realise that the program is fine but your hardware is at fault but you don't request that the thread be renamed or moved how will this method help at all?
As has been said above several times - tagging is the way forward on this.
And since your poll was created with multiple choice checkboxes rather than single choice radio buttons, I wonder how many people have made more than one choice?
I voted yes, I think it would be handy to be able to refine searches to languages...however, I think that it should use the tagging features that already exist rather than trying to code what you suggest. Dont get me wrong, it is a great idea, just seems to me that we already have the facilities to do it another way. The main problem has been identified already though - people are either lazy, or simply don't use things like tags or descriptive titles.
edit: Didn't see the post directly above. Also, how complicated would it be to enforce tagging on posts in the programming forum?
People are Lazy/silly. There already is a solution- descriptive thread titles and tags- people don't think to use them. People are lazy/silly- why would they use the new system?
Very true. I recall reading Ray's encounter with a 'gentleman' who simply labeled his post, "URGENT: Need help fast" or something silly like that, and the message was about a hardware device that quit working. No specs on the device or system, didn't name his distro, and obviously expected an instant solution from a magician.
I do see that all too often. This forum would work as is if people would use it properly.