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Re: How node in SOPW is answered? I suggest author's ability to reject bad answers

by FoxtrotUniform (Prior)
on Jul 23, 2002 at 20:14 UTC ( #184568=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How node in SOPW is answered? I suggest author's ability to reject bad answers

    Let's give a person who asked a question right to "reject", hide or even delete an answer that he thinks does nothing good to add!

No.

First, this sort of arbitrary re-writing of the Monastery's history is at best ethically questionable. Your suggestion would bypass the consideration system entirely, giving everyone the (somewhat limited, I'll admit) power to silence nodes they don't like, with no accountability. IMHO, that's a very bad idea.

Second, if someone replies to a question with a bad answer, there's always someone willing and able to call them on it. The "bad" answer is flagged, and useful discussion (in the vein of Dominus' Red Flags articles) follows.

Third, not all replies that seem like bad answers to the questioner really are. For instance, the best answer to "how do I parse XML with regexes?" is usually "you don't, use a module instead", which isn't what the questioner wants to hear. I can also imagine situations where the questioner doesn't really know enough about the problem to differentiate good answers from bad.

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