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

by dws (Chancellor)
on Jul 23, 2002 at 20:59 UTC ( #184588=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.

Having watched questions go by for a few years now, I've seen more than a handful of questioners who, on occassion, need a 2x4 applied to their skulls to get them to see that they're either asking the wrong question, or have been ignoring good answers. Handing such people the ability to delete replies is a recipe for raising the frustration level of people who are trying to help them. IMHO, this is a bad idea.

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OT: wrong questions
by BorgCopyeditor (Friar) on Jul 23, 2002 at 21:10 UTC
    I've seen more than a handful of questioners who, on occassion, need a 2x4 applied to their skulls to get them to see that they're either asking the wrong question, or have been ignoring good answers.

    Amen! And this isn't even Usenet. Try lurking in alt.html (e.g.) for a day or two, and you'll see plenty of this kind of behavior. To the question "How can I use X to do Y without using Z?" the answers "You don't want to do Y," or "You don't want to use X to do it," or "That's what Z was made for" are often ignored. Worse, if someone comes along and says "here's how to do Y w/ X and not Z," the person asking the question thinks that they have received an answer.

    On another note, might this be an appropriate occasion for using the expression "clue by four"?

    BCE
    --Your punctuation skills are insufficient!

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