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Has anyone answered this SOPW?

by George_Sherston (Vicar)
on Jul 09, 2002 at 21:59 UTC ( #180625=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I don't know (but would be interested to know) what your routine is on arriving at the Monestary. I normally shamble in here after working intensively in a mad solipsistic way for several hours, and the first thing I do is head into the New Nodes refectory and look at the SOPWs to see if there's something I can help with. After all, it is more blessed to give than to receive, I always reckon :)

If I have anything to offer I offer it, and then I'm down to Mediations, roam around a bit, saunter into the CB, check my mail and so on. Very therapeutic.

The only drawback is, it's a real schlep to look at *all* the SOPWs. We all know the monastery can be a bit slow (and we all know how to do something about that). But how else can I find out whether there's anything left for me to do? So in practice what I'll do is look at the first four or five I think I know something about, but ignore those further down the list. Even if I know how to answer the question, there are bound to be several good answers already, aren't there?

So what I thought was, it would be rather jolly if it were possible (though I don't know how these things get done) if one of the following were the case:
  • each SOPW had a number in brackets next to it showing how many responses there had been
  • SOPWs that had no responses were in bold or surrounded with fairy lights or something
  • SOPWs with no answers were under a separate header at the top of the Newest Nodes page, dropping down into the main SOPW section when they've received (one? or two?) responses

George Sherston

PS Whilst writing this, it occurs to me that I could always glance down at the bottom of the page to see whether / by whom a node has been answered. So perhaps this is not such a useful idea. But I still think it would help concentrate effort where needed, and help avoid that sad lost feeling you get when your SOPW has fallen back to eighth in the queue with nary a bite.

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Re: Has anyone answered this SOPW?
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Jul 09, 2002 at 22:34 UTC
      bivnn.cgi now has a fancier interface that allows me more flexibility in "unread node management" I can selectively clear groups of nodes as I read them. It's proved to be much nicer than the "I've read all nodes" button that NN provides. It also allows me to bookmark individual nodes for later perusal.

      Unfortunately, its become more than just a simple script, and will take some time to cleanly package for others to use. Until then, you'll have to settle for a sample page. The little dingbats next to each node are used to clear or bookmark nodes. They may or maynot be viewable in your browser.


        Hustle sir, Hustle! Nice work, I look forward to the finished result...


        "Never try to teach a pig to sing…it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."
Re: Has anyone answered this SOPW?
by perigeeV (Hermit) on Jul 10, 2002 at 10:39 UTC

    Instead of hitting newest nodes first, just go to the SOPW page. It lists each question in full, and how many replies it has received.

Re: Has anyone answered this SOPW?
by data64 (Chaplain) on Aug 20, 2002 at 11:52 UTC

    Maybe SuperSearch could be enhanced to search based on the number of replies. Then you could search for all root nodes in SOPW with 0 replies and sorted by date. Which is kind of what you are looking for, I think.

    Just a tongue-tied, twisted, earth-bound misfit. -- Pink Floyd

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