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Re: On silently moving posts

by kcott (Bishop)
on Feb 22, 2016 at 03:32 UTC ( #1155782=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to On silently moving posts

G'day flowdy,

Firstly, it's important to understand that moving and approving nodes are two entirely separate operations. They cannot be done together.

  • Whoever moved your post may not be the same person who approved it.
  • Whoever approved your post may not have known that it had been previously moved.

Here's what the Janitors' Guidelines say (in part) under "Moving posts":

"Note that you must never attempt to move and approve a node in the same step! Or even two steps!"

Armed with this information you can probably now answer the question for yourself:

  • Q. Would it be too hard ...?
  • A. It may be impossible.

Whenever I move a post, I normally /msg the OP to this effect: I do this as a courtesy; it is not a requirement. I never advise OPs of node approval.

Finally, please consider the wording, and hence the tone, of your questions. Something like "Would it be too hard for moderators ...?" rather suggests that you think that moderators are lazy. Of course, that may not have been your intent at all; however, to demonstate the point, consider this:

"Would it be too hard for you to post a link to the node you're commenting on?"

Compared to this:

"Please provide a link to the node you're commenting on."

Both convey much the same information, i.e. you've failed to tell us what post you're referring to; however, the former has a nasty undertone whilst the latter is a polite request.

— Ken

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Re^2: On silently moving posts
by flowdy (Scribe) on Feb 22, 2016 at 16:38 UTC
    Finally, please consider the wording, and hence the tone, of your questions. Something like "Would it be too hard for moderators ...?" rather suggests that you think that moderators are lazy.

    Thanks for the hint, I appreciate it much because I am non-native speaker of English. Indeed I have not intended a negative tone.

    (pat|len)ience stay with us,
    flowdy

      OTOH, as the person who would probably be the one to implement this feature, I did not get any negative undertone from your specific wording at all. "Would it be too hard" is an absolutely legitimate question to ask of those who would know whether something might be too hard.

      I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon stuffed with 16,000 zombies.

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