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t3gah 03-28-2005 02:22 AM

Threads that are locked and have no replies should be unlocked and replied to
 
... and then locked again or maybe they should be deleted instead....

Here are three examples that I found on the last pages of the Zero Reply Thread link:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...=&threadid=206
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...=&threadid=204
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...=&threadid=203

(Ever little bit helps reduce the number of "no replies" from the list so as we the ones answering the questions don't always have to see the same locked/unanswered threads on the list year after year after year.)

acid_kewpie 03-28-2005 03:53 AM

this is not a scalable solution, and presents no benefit to anyone at all. what good is the manual removal of three posts? The idea is to reply with useful content to improve the quality of the site, not to just fudge statistics.

trickykid 03-28-2005 07:38 AM

This has got to tbe the dumbest idea ever.. sorry.. no pun intended!

These threads were probably locked for a reason and the user emailed being explained why they were locked. No action to me is required to get these off the 0 replied searches.

ror 03-28-2005 07:41 AM

otoh, if the "zero replies" search could be improved to filter out locked threads that would be useful.

trickykid 03-28-2005 07:46 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by ror
otoh, if the "zero replies" search could be improved to filter out locked threads that would be useful.
True but otoh, when doing a search, the icons off to the left of the threads listed should show if they are locked or not.. and with the small number of threads that have 0 replies and are locked, I see the work involved overwhelming compared to those who can easily skip past the few that are in such situations.

ror 03-28-2005 08:15 AM

overwhelming?? there's no work in specifying an extra search parameter if one exists.

trickykid 03-28-2005 08:20 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by ror
overwhelming?? there's no work in specifying an extra search parameter if one exists.
I expressed this as overwhelming since the impact it would do is rid of a just a few threads that are easily bypassable if the searcher actually takes notice of the icons we use on this site.

I'd also gaurantee that almost all of these threads that were locked are from 2 years or longer ago, since now we have a rule in place to publicly state why a thread was closed.

Even if it takes Jeremy 2 seconds to implement.. I still see that as wasted time in this scenario.

jeremy 03-28-2005 08:45 AM

t3gah, you seem to be slightly misinterpreting the point of the 0 reply drive. Digging up 5 year old threads just to get them off the list is not in the spirit of what we are trying too accomplish. We are trying to minimize the list with a ficus on attempting to ensure that no new threads get added. If you have something useful or pertinent to add to an old thread, by all means do - but just posting to get a thread off the 0 reply list should never be done. Thanks.

--jeremy

matix 04-07-2005 07:18 PM

and on the zero reply list
 
is it ok for me to potter through the announcements you've made for oh lets say the debian potato release or php releases or mysql?

is there any way that release announcements could be excluded, or auto excluded after a set time so they dont show up?

edit:
in fact could/should the website suggestions forum be excluded from the zero replies list?

i am fairly new here to please take pity if its a stupid idea

vharishankar 04-08-2005 07:58 AM

Quote:

is it ok for me to potter through the announcements you've made for oh lets say the debian potato release or php releases or mysql?
No. You're missing the point. The drive to get rid of 0 posts threads is not to reply to old threads. It is to answer the new questions more effectively and help improve LQ.org as a community. Very old threads are better left well alone. Just ignore very old threads or threads that are just announcements (unless you really want to reply of course).

t3gah 04-13-2005 08:45 AM

If those that are locked with no reply and they reside in the Zero Thread eventually when the thread goes down because we've answered all of the questions to date, except those that we can't because they are locked, LQ.org will have page after page of locked, dead threads in the 0 Reply Thread link. The link of course can't be renamed when we get down to them because there will always be more new unreplied threads. It would of course be nice and a boost to morale if the pages listed now, 1067, dropped down to the obviously lower count because it would be without the locked/unreplied threads because they got moved to a new thread area of maybe "dead threads" that we forum users can not see.

Which is also why I made he comment about the posts by Jeremy. What a boost to peoples, those trying to make that gargantuan list go down would be morale wise if his possible 1,000 posts about new news, updates and apologies from a "Server down" situation of LQ.org that you, Jeremy might have made since the year 2000 that would simply "disappear" from the "zero thread".

I of course have no idea if there are 1,000 or less or more because all I go by is what I see when I click from the "Last page" of the "Zero reply thread" and work my way forward.

When we get down to the "end" It won't be a pretty sight but I'm sure it will be memorable seeing all those pages of locked unanswered threads or page after page of posts by jeremy.

trickykid 04-13-2005 08:51 AM

May I ask that you stop reporting closed posts from 3 and 4 years ago cause they didn't have replies when closed. We are not going to reply to a closed thread that old just to get it off the 0 replies list, well, especially since its harmless and no point in replying to it if its going to stay closed, most likely cause the original poster double/triple/quadruple posted it.. in some cases if you see a thread that was closed without a reply, it usually means the member was contacted via email.

So stop reporting such posts.. please, your only wasting our time and your own.

t3gah 04-13-2005 06:42 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by trickykid
May I ask that you stop reporting closed posts from 3 and 4 years ago cause they didn't have replies when closed. We are not going to reply to a closed thread that old just to get it off the 0 replies list, well, especially since its harmless and no point in replying to it if its going to stay closed, most likely cause the original poster double/triple/quadruple posted it.. in some cases if you see a thread that was closed without a reply, it usually means the member was contacted via email.

So stop reporting such posts.. please, your only wasting our time and your own.

Ok, I gotcha. Ignore the post from jeremy on the front page of LQ.org

trickykid 04-13-2005 09:32 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by t3gah
Ok, I gotcha. Ignore the post from jeremy on the front page of LQ.org
Your still not getting the point of the message.. cutting down on the number of posts without replies is a good thing, replying to 4 year old threads and threads that were closed for a particular reason without a reply is not the goal of cutting down 0 replied posts. Think of it this way, focus on the present, not the past. We're not on a mission to meet any type of quota, so some of the posts that have 0 replies are out of scope.. focus your attention to newer posts or more recent posts, not the one's your obsessed over from years ago..


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