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Solved? (aka "More On Thankfulness")by Tanktalus (Canon)
|on Jun 28, 2005 at 02:00 UTC||Need Help??|
Yes, I know this has been discussed before. To no end, I'm sure. But I don't think this is quite a rehash of those conversations.
I recently installed Gentoo on a box. (No, this isn't an invitation to flame my choice of OS or distro ;->) One thing that I noticed from their forums is a neat idea: marking one's own threads with [SOLVED] in the title. It's not used consistantly, but it is an accepted, and suggested, practice. And I'm wondering if that is a reasonable convention to steal, whether you like their product or not ;-> (We could use other delimiters since brackets have a special meaning here.)
I still kinda like the idea of having some sort of button to press to say "thanks, this is solved, now" so that people can come back and see threads that are solved vs threads that aren't (imagine if Super Search told you which responses were from threads marked as solved). But first we'd have to get a design that enough people (or at least the right people) agreed to, then find a sucker to write the patches, and then find someone else to apply the patches ... so I'm not proposing a code change, I'm proposing a small culture change. Or, at least, throwing it out there to see if people like it.
This is not intended to be the ultimate solution. It isn't on the gentoo forums, either. It will necessarily not show up in the super search (unless the search shows up the root node directly). It will necessarily not affect anonymonks' postings. And even those who like it may not always remember.
I can just hear some people complaining already, "so, then, what will it solve?" I think it will solve some of the Thank-you question. I think it would be a positive to the signal-to-noise ratio. I think it would be a useful summary to the thread. And it gives people a keyword to search on.
If new users saw others doing it, they may do it as well. It will never be 100% perfect, but as long as we're willing to accept that up front, I don't see a problem with it.