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Finding unanswered threads

by xorl (Deacon)
on Aug 31, 2004 at 13:49 UTC ( #387186=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

This thread gave me the idea: Finding posts with zero replies.

If the goal is to help people, maybe the gods could make it possible for the topic starter to mark a thread as "answered" or "unanswered"

Now I'm sure the argument against this would be that the topic starter would need to mark the thread as "answered" when they get a responce which is somthing they're unlikely to do. That may be the case with one time posters, but I think most will be able to handle that. It should be easy enought to enable a search on this new field as well as allow you to screen out posts with low repuataions or posts by monks with low reputations.

That's just my random though for the day.

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Re: Finding unanswered threads
by tachyon (Chancellor) on Aug 31, 2004 at 14:12 UTC

    Nah. The fact that a thread has been answered means what exactly? Check out your answers, my answers, anybody's answers for that matter. Sometimes they are right on the button, sometimes they are rubbish. Somethimes they are.....etc. As a ballpark roughly 95% of all posts attract at least one reply and probably 90% get a solution pointer of sorts.

    On a forum this active there are really only 3 reasons that a thread goes unanswered:

    1. Completely incomprehensible questions "Help! My widget won't whotnot, what do I do?"
    2. Really specific Qs where the answer, if it exists, it highly esoteric, and known to few.
    3. Sheer bad luck, where luck is proportional to quality of heading, quality of question and finally timing of question.

    In my experience many of the repeat questioners have generally been too ?lazy?stupid?impatient to read the (typically useful) answers to their original question. Anonymous Monk gets less help than registered monk gets less help than contriburor known to community registered monk, all other things being equal.



Re: Finding unanswered threads
by TilRMan (Friar) on Sep 01, 2004 at 01:32 UTC
    Perhaps $n hours after posting, the OP can mark the thread 'still unanswered.'

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