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Dealing with errant Q&A posts

by dws (Chancellor)
on Sep 10, 2002 at 06:53 UTC ( #196567=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

A lot of questions better suited for Seekers of Perl Wisdom get posted to Categorized Questions and Answers (Q&A), quite often by newcomers who may not, at first glance, understand the difference. As things are structured, it's beyond the power of mortal editors to clean up these mistakes by reclaiming such posts.

So I wonder: What if it wasn't possible to post directly to Q&A? Instead, the Q&A keepers would select from whatever SoPW questions and answers struck them as being worthy of elevating to Q&A. No more errant posts, and the quality of stuff in Q&A might go up a notch.

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Re: Dealing with errant Q&A posts
by PodMaster (Abbot) on Sep 10, 2002 at 07:32 UTC
    I wish that posting in the Q&A section be a monk privilege, or at least level 4. I really dislike Anonymous Monk writing crap answers, and me having to delete them.

    So far, most of my work has been SOPWifying posts, and telling the newbies that this is the wrong section. In one case, the newbie I kept /msg'ing completely ignored the right side of the screen, so it took the power of the gods to get him to notice my messages, so he could start posting to SOPW.

    However, I do not think threads need to be elevated to Q&A. I think the QandAEditors should simply create Q's and A's after seeing such worthy notes (takes some of the hassle out of it).

    I also do not think voting needs to be in place in the Q&A section anymore.

    I feel the Q&A should be more like the perl monks faq, where the site documentation clan reigns supreme in every way.

    ** The Third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

Re: Dealing with errant Q&A posts
by jmcnamara (Monsignor) on Sep 10, 2002 at 07:33 UTC

    I second this. It is very rare that a post to Q&A actually belongs there. At the very least Anonymous Monk or users with less than one post shouldn't be allowed to post in Q&A.

    Also, The name Q&A is too tempting to first time posters. It might be better to rename it FAQ since that is closer to what the intention seems to be.

    By the same token the title Seekers of Perl Wisdom is too opaque.

    I think that the Q&A section is a good idea but it doesn't seem to be working in its current form.


Re: Dealing with errant Q&A posts
by rinceWind (Monsignor) on Sep 10, 2002 at 08:39 UTC
    I am in favour of this, as it will improve the quality and usefulness of the Monastery Q&A section.

    We could make it so that Q&A questions get there through Nodes to consider, much in the same way as nodes get promoted to tutorials.

    Thus, a good enough question gets suggested by a friar or above for promotion to Q&A, and is considered "Edit: promote to Q&A". If the author is not level >=6, and thinks their question worthy, they can attract somebody's attention on the CB.

Re: Dealing with errant Q&A posts
by ignatz (Vicar) on Sep 10, 2002 at 13:50 UTC
    Isn't basically what you are saying that we should turn Q&A into an FAQ section? Sounds like a great idea to me. I would even go so far as to rename it FAQ. (Guess that's the Jacob Nielsen in me coming out)
Re: Dealing with errant Q&A posts
by VSarkiss (Monsignor) on Sep 10, 2002 at 14:37 UTC

    I vote yes on this also. (No, I'm not on AOL, why do you ask? ;-)

    If this change is made, I'd suggest adding a "Search the categorized Q&A" box (or "FAQ list" as ignatz suggests) next to the "Submit your question" box. That way, newcomers may find the answer before even having to figure out how to submit a post.

Re: Dealing with errant Q&A posts
by blaze (Friar) on Sep 10, 2002 at 20:23 UTC
    I also agree, I think changing the name would make it clearer which place to post, i also think it might help to make the Seekers of Perl Wisdom part of the Where do I post section a little more precise and basically say, all questions, related to code you are working on, should be posted here, if you've been here for a while, you'll know where your post goes, but new members of the community (which are usually the people who read the site how to) wont have anything to cause confusion
Re: Dealing with errant Q&A posts
by shotgunefx (Parson) on Sep 10, 2002 at 10:50 UTC
    Sounds good to me. The way it is now, I almost never use Q&A.


    "To be civilized is to deny one's nature."
Re: Dealing with errant Q&A posts
by the_Don (Scribe) on Sep 11, 2002 at 17:19 UTC

    First, I would like to say that I have committed the very sin that this post is about, and I do apologize.

    Second, could forcing the newbies through a tutorial of the site be a possible solution? Either a list of common mistakes made, or a page for each mistake if they are cut down to 2 or 3.

    As a newbie, I just did not realize that the Categorized Q&A section was so highly regarded. I personally did not pick that up from the descriptions of the areas.

    ...making offers others can't rufuse.

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