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jeremy 12-16-2005 10:06 AM

If a user replies to their own thread, it does indeed pull it off the 0 replies list.


david_ross 12-16-2005 02:05 PM


Originally Posted by minrich
[Incidentally: A QUESTION for jeremy or the Mods: If the original poser of a question adds a second post (rather than editing the original post) is this recognized by the current software as a reply, or does the thread remain as a '0 reply' looking for an answer?]

This will remove it from the 0 reply since it quite litteraly searches for threads with 0 replies, doing otherwise would be quite resource intensive.

In the past people used to bump their threads which removed it from the 0 reply list with a post of "bump" which appart from being annoying also removed it from the 0 reply list. The autobump feature for 0 replies seems to work a lot better in this regard.

I have a feeling that a reminder e-mail was suggested a while ago and jeremy spoke about puting it on the todo list but I don't think it was progressed any further. I've got to say that I still quite like the idea though.

XavierP 12-16-2005 03:12 PM


From How To Ask A Question
What To Do When Your Question is Answered
Tell us. Tell us what worked for you. Someone coming along after you with an identical problem needs to know if the fixes work. And, just as importantly, the people who have spent their free time helping you would like to know that you have now solved the problem. Please don't just vanish or walk away without saying Thanks.

Even better, find a place in the LQ Wiki to describe what was done to get it working properly first time. Not only will you help others, but your solution will be saved for posterity.

I like the idea of an email or pop up being sent to the thread starter to say "did any of the suggestions in your thread work? Please post and let us know", a number of posters register only to post one question and we never see them again. So they don't see the pop up on logging in and they are likely to either ignore the email or abandon their email address.

Part of the problem is that LQ is just too nice. Seriously. If we had set ourselves up as a 'hardass' forum from the beginning (as some have done) we would have a) more completion posts and b) a lot less members.

We can only encourage people by example, we can't force them. Unfortunately ;)

simcox1 12-16-2005 03:59 PM

Yes but the more popular a forum is the more chance of finding the answer. At least it's busy. Also, it doesn't matter how many ways you can think of getting people to post back, or use netiquette, or whatever, it's probably not going to work. You just have to rely on people working it out for themselves.

linmix 12-16-2005 05:39 PM

I've followed this thread with great interest as it was something I'd been thinking about for some time. Along the same line I have another related question/suggestion:

Would it be good to have an option somewhere to indicate a question has been adequately answered. I ask this, because as long a a question has 0 replies, you know where you stand. If it has 1 reply and the author didn't write the last one, either he didn't see it yet, or never bothered to post back with a 'thank you' message, but if there are 3 (or 4,5,6,7,8...) posts, it is impossible to know if more help is needed.

If a user could indicate his question was answered and this could be seen from the forum, without actually opening the thread, this might help to see which posts still need additional imput.

ctkroeker 12-16-2005 06:00 PM

My thoughts exactly, linmix.
This would be helpful and save a lot of time.

XavierP 12-16-2005 06:20 PM

Ah, this one again. We have had very long discussions on this very matter. Basically, the result of it was a sort of agreement that if a poster can't even be bothered to come back to say "thanks, <solution> worked", they are also unlikely to come back and tick a box.

What I would suggest (and like anything, it's not perfect and may not work) is that if you as a reader find a solution in the thread, rate the thread. Maybe, if we get a bunch of highly rated threads then it will be obvious that those threads work.

Not perfect, but as good as any other.

titanium_geek 12-16-2005 06:42 PM

I think that the rating thread thing is under exposed, perhaps we need to have a push to rate threads - like the successful push to answer zero replies.

Awesome answer to a question? rate the thread!


minrich 12-16-2005 07:11 PM

Okay, so I just rated this thread: Excellent

Since I am the only voter so far it really stands out on the Website Suggestions & Feedback Forum!

XavierP 12-16-2005 07:27 PM

There you go - asked, answered and rated. :)

linmix 12-17-2005 04:38 AM

I see the difficulty... I agrree that rating should be promoted... I'd never thought about it, let alone done it!

ctkroeker 12-17-2005 06:45 AM

I guess it doesn't happen very often that someone rates a thread...

arunvk 12-17-2005 08:55 AM

i totally agree. people should atleast have the courtesy of giving a feedback on the solution given to them.

linmix 12-17-2005 09:19 AM

There's another snag though. It's not easy to rate a thread as good if the sollution given is a good link t another thread that gives a complete explanation. The thread rating would be given to the second one, not to the first. Anyway, after reading all your arguments I guess it's all good as it'll get.

TruongAn 12-17-2005 01:39 PM

I think rate is not enough.
Rate the thread does not mean thanks to those who suggest solution

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