in reply to How to know whether question in SOPW is entirely answered or not?

Well, you can't really tell if the question has been answered correctly until X monks have answered it and they all know something different about the problem (X being an unidentified number). The way the question is asked, influences the number of meaningfull replies (see How To Ask Questions The Smart Way). Asking questions that have been asked dozens of times before, will most likely end up in a downvoting session or a bunch of nodes refering to other nodes. Same for questions that are answered in FAQs. To get as much as possible fron the answer, make sure the person replying gets as much as possible from your question. Remember that this is a community and things may need time to grow... like node replies :)

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Beatnik
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Re: Re: How to know whether question in SOPW is entirely answered or not?
by Chicken (Initiate) on Jun 17, 2002 at 21:31 UTC
    Thank you for your attention, you replied 30% of a question :)

    Even if question was asked correctly, (my original Q is opposite example - it has correction answer by myself), it has a real chance to be a "zombie" question if it was asked, for example, at Friday very late evening.

    If you're interested, I can try giving you an examples of other questions that I seem to answer correctly, but they're not answered because they became zombie questions.

    Yes, many questions are not answered because they were asked in a bad way. But if this is not the case, isn't this good to give a chance for a good asked question to live longer life before a "zombie" stage?

    To reply to your situation with "X monks answering a question" (which is quite common and good case) I answer that I'm not ready to invent a good system to calculate current level of coverage of a question.
    May be such system when author should confirm a percentage of a coverage of a question that was suggested by monk "J" and, when this contradicts to other monks opinion, his XP being decremented using a certain formulae?
    (when all know that Q is 100% covered (may be it belongs to FAQ) but that person still insists answer is 0% covered then he's certainly downvoted. Somewhat reasonable formulae could be invented here)

    Waiting for other 70% to be covered :)
    Chicken

      To cover about 10% of your node, the "Zombie" questions that get posted on a late friday evening, often do get answered for several reasons:
      1. We're GEEKS (like it or not), we'll check PM any time of day.. some of us arent bound to working hours
      2. Timezones differ
      3. Someone is always looking for an easy way to score XP (*oops*)
      4. There's always the CB if a node doesnt get enough attention
      5. randomnode
      I doubt any question can be answered 100% (or rather, will be answered 100%) because there is so much to know about Perl. Ofcourse it's silly to mention perlguts as part of a simple scalar question but somehow it's part of 100% of the answer :)

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      Beatnik
      Perl is like sex: if you're doing it wrong, there's no fun to it.