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SOPWIFY!! for QandAEditors

by vroom (Pope)
on Dec 15, 2000 at 02:59 UTC ( #46743=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

If you're a QandAEditor now you can click the SOPWIFY!! link to move a categorized question from there to Seekers of Perl Wisdom. All the answers below it will be converted to notes below the question.

That way we can keep Q&A for general questions only without deleting the questions that don't fit there.

One question is whether or not the createtime for the node should change so it shows up in SOPW if it is old and stale, thoughts?

Thanks to Russ for getting me to get this done.

vroom | Tim Vroom | vroom@cs.hope.edu

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Re: SOPWIFY!! for QandAEditors
by lemming (Priest) on Dec 15, 2000 at 03:02 UTC
    Would the answers already posted be moved as well in a threaded fashion?
    Can a date stamp showing both times be done?
Re: SOPWIFY!! for QandAEditors
by Adam (Vicar) on Dec 15, 2000 at 03:06 UTC
    Oooh, that date question is a tough one. If the question has no answers, then its date should be updated, but if its been responded to then the date should be that of the original post. Just my thoughts. Has to do with why the post is being moved.
(tye)Re: SOPWIFY!! for QandAEditors
by tye (Cardinal) on Dec 15, 2000 at 03:42 UTC

    For the date, I suggest the date of move be used. It will be a little confusing if there are already follow-ups (as I think Adam was concerned about). Of course, if Q&A becomes fully threaded (that is, where you can see all of the answers and replies to them from one place), then I change my vote to always using the original date as redisplaying the question in Newest Nodes when it has been moved isn't important anymore (to me) since I will have already viewed the thread over in the Q&A section.

    ...which prompts me to ask... Where do I go to apply to be a Q&A Editor? Now that SOPWifying is so easy, I could just slam those newbie misposts over instead of building up a real pet peave about trying to ban Level 1 monks from posting new categorized questions. (:

            - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
Re: SOPWIFY!! (timestamp advocacy)
by Russ (Deacon) on Dec 16, 2000 at 00:02 UTC
    Though I'm a little late on this thread (late-night class and slept in), I want to provide my arguments for the timestamp-update issue.

    Seekers of Perl Wisdom is a high-traffic area. Many monks have told me that they generally ignore Categorized Questions and Answers, even though its posts appear in Newest Nodes. When someone mistakenly posts a question to Q&A (because the problem is far too specific to belong in Q&A), (s)he needs an answer.

    Though I attempt to be very responsive to Q&A (and other Q&AEditors do, as well), I often wander across a misplaced Question many hours, or even a few days, after it was originally posted. There are often (usually?) no answers to that post, in spite of its age. When I have moved those questions to SoPW, manually, they almost always begin to receive responses immediately. Where there had been no traffic in Q&A for hours/days, there is now immediate traffic in SoPW because it is at the top of the Newest Nodes list.

    My concern about timestamps is related to this phenomenon. As it currently stands, the relocated question will appear in the Newest Nodes list (usually) "buried" below more recently created nodes. This will cause many of our most responsive, helpful, knowledgeable monks to miss the question. Many monks will never see the question at all, because the most recent "I've checked all these" timestamp will be later then the creation date of the Q&A post.

    If the timestamp on the relocated question were updated to the "moved" time, the question would appear at the top of Newest Nodes, garnering all the attention and expertise that Perl Monks has to offer.

    Since most mistakenly Q&A'ed posts are made by newbies, I feel that this change would preserve the helpful reputation of PM. Questions that are misplaced will not just silently disappear, never to be answered. Instead, the full force and fury of Monks' expertise will be brought to bear on the question, with only the erroneous placement silently corrected.

    Many thanks to vroom for this feature. I have wanted this for quite some time, and when Tim became aware of the need, he implemented and rolled out the solution in just a few hours. Once again, vroom, you are the man!

    Russ
    Brainbench 'Most Valuable Professional' for Perl

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