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Old 03-28-2007, 09:36 PM   #1
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recommended feature for programming forum only


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] ^^^
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:23 PM   #2
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i imagine lq wont implement something like this.

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!

just my opinion.

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Old 03-28-2007, 10:52 PM   #3
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I like the idea very much.
I don't want to dig through gazillions of posts just to help somebody with a Lisp issue that has been lost amidst the whirlwind of C/C++ questions.
 
Old 03-29-2007, 05:46 AM   #4
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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?
 
Old 03-29-2007, 07:45 AM   #5
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It sounds good, I wouldn't have anything against it

But there is just one problem, mentioned by nadroj ^^^
people are lazy.
 
Old 03-29-2007, 11:39 AM   #6
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its a good concept, but doesnt tagging already accomplish this functionality that is very similar to this. (well it would if everyone used it correctly).

i am undecided on this so i voted for all three
 
Old 03-30-2007, 08:07 AM   #7
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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...
 
Old 03-30-2007, 10:23 AM   #8
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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?
 
Old 04-06-2007, 06:45 AM   #9
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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?

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Old 04-06-2007, 04:19 PM   #10
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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?

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Old 04-06-2007, 04:41 PM   #11
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> how complicated would it be to enforce tagging on posts in the programming forum?

and how do you go about guaranteeing the accuracy of the tags that are used?

you cant.
 
Old 04-06-2007, 07:10 PM   #12
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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?

titanium_geek

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.

Cheers
Bill
 
Old 05-02-2007, 08:14 PM   #13
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Some people, like myself, know a multitude of programming languages, and like answering questions for ALL of them. It would be annoying to need to choose which language they want to help out with.

Oh, btw, there's a new feature available when you post polls. It's called "radio buttons". You should try it.
 
  


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