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Reducing the number of nodes that have the same question as last week

by hossman (Prior)
on Feb 09, 2002 at 22:45 UTC ( #144411=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

One way to potentially reduce the number of identicle "how do i _____" questions that pop up every week, would be if the confirmation page the user gets after clicking "preview" button automaticlly had a "Before you post, maybe one of these ansewrs your questions" section listing the fist few nodes returned by a Super Search on all the words in the title (order by votes of course)
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Re: Reducing the number of nodes that have the same question as last week
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Feb 10, 2002 at 06:05 UTC
    That means someone will have to create nodes named 'newbie', 'HELP!!!!!', 'DEBUG PLZ!!!', and 'what is the problem!' with pointers to the FAQ, right?

    In all seriousness, this is a pretty good idea. Perhaps we could add a user flag that's only present until the monk reads the search documentation, checks a checkbox, and submits the form. If the flag is present, show the warning.

    <quotable> I'm all for increasing the number of hoops a new user has to jump through, if they're clearly labelled with signs saying "Make your life easier: learn to read the manual." </quotable>

Re: Reducing the number of nodes that have the same question as last week
by chipmunk (Parson) on Feb 10, 2002 at 17:21 UTC
    Great! Now we just need a system to reduce the number of nodes that have the same suggestion as last week. ;)
Re: Reducing the number of nodes that have the same question as last week
by scottstef (Curate) on Feb 10, 2002 at 14:40 UTC
    This is a problem that has caused gripes since the begining of online forums/mailinglists/newsgroups/irc channels. Most of these newbies haven't learned how to use the documentation available to them, or they probably would not be asking such questions. Learning to use perl's documentation to me is a core competency for newbies to learn in their journey to learn the language. Respoding to the newbies question with an example of hey super search would have given you this... or perldoc some function would have had an example of this, usually will get a newbie to learn to lean on included documentation. Until they get to that point, there will always be a certain number of questions that will make the oldtimers think "how don't they know that?' and the newbie themselves will review these posts a few month's later and say "wow, I can't believe I didn't know that."

    Scott "have been flamed numerous times to RTFM" stef

    "The social dynamics of the net are a direct consequence of the fact that nobody has yet developed a Remote Strangulation Protocol." -- Larry Wall

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