This topic (which was not started by Mathworks) is for features you would like to see for this MATLAB Answers facility.
I suggest one wish per answer, so that people can vote for individual wishes.
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Notification when someone replies on a previously commented question or published.
One can get the list sorted by most recent update time, but without a time stamp, one has to look at the individual questions all through to determine whether there has been an update since the last time one looked at it.
Include questions you've commented on (but not necessarily "answered") in "my answers". This way you can keep an eye on a question where you're asking for clarification or suchlike discussion.
Note: this would be rendered less important if we had notifications of some kind.
Perhaps this is implemented already - I didn't ask a question yet: If you select an answer as accepted, can you change the selection afterwards, if a better answer is given?
An automated email: "Dear [user], than you for using MATLAB Answers. Your question "[title]" now has [num_ans] answers. If any of these responses has helped you, please accept and/or up-vote them. If none of these answers has resolved your question, please provide further input to help guide others on how they can assist you"
This email should be sent after n days inactivity, at an exponentially increasing frequency;)
Say there is a question which has 55 some-odd answers. I keep coming back to look and see if there is anything new, but since the answers move up and down with votes and other mechanisms, it soon gets exhausting. If I had the ability to fold answers I have read before - a choice that would stick between logins - then this process would be much easier.
I would like to be able to fold and unfold answers within a question. Perhaps a little star would appear next to the unfold button if there were new comments since I folded the question.
My Answers should display the number of votes for the answers, not the questions.
Allow links to a specific answer, not just the question it answers.
The accept button should be further away from Comment on this answer, and it should be possible to undo it - at least for a grace period of a few minutes.
Andrew mentioned as part of a previous suggestion that My Answers should include a search box. The same should also hold true when viewing someone's profile.
Go to my Answers and try to find something specific in there. With over 700 Answers logged already, good luck in finding what you are looking for...
The situation would not be as bad if the existing search box supported a tag for author search (and if author names were unique.)
A way to automatically scroll to the most recent answer/comment/edit. For example, this question has many, many answers and comments. But I don't know where the most recent stuff is. Perhaps there should be a "go to next recent content" button on the page, that takes me to different sections.
Walter mentioned a "Best of Answers" area. A more flexible alternative would be an "Add to my favorites" button, so we can each keep a list of answers that we find really useful.
Of course, we can always bookmark them in our browser, but it would be good to keep them in the same environment as our personal questions and answers.
When one is being shown a list of Questions, it would be nice if hovering over a question link would show you a brief summary (e.g., first 100-ish characters) of the question statement. This would make it faster for people to take a quick look to see whether the question was interesting, or a quick reminder of exactly which question it was.
I'm trying to think of long run stable way to query the site to have a score of the contributors. You can see an attempt in User reputation: post here to get into the list. It already takes 6 minutes to retrieve that info.
In general, it would be nicer if the list of the contributors and the meta info was available at one shot (and basically this is what I'm trying to reproduce)
TMW team implemented a page with the metascores: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/contributors
Please refer to it and congrats to the team!
Somewhere or other in the documentation, we need a note saying plainly that when a Title is edited, the effect is to create a URL which aliases the old one. For example, I had
and after I renamed it, that continued to be valid in addition to the new name
This behavior of keeping the old name accessible can be important because URLs may have been created linking to the old name. This is a good feature; documenting it would save people like me from having to worry about such things.
Some way to prevent questions being deleted without a good reason!
I'm getting really annoyed with people whose response to your help is to disappear and take with them both their question and your response to it. It's happened more than once to me, and not necessarily questions where the poster was doing something dumb -- perfectly normal question, valid answer(s), then... floop! It's gone.
A "How many users are online" string somewhere on the home page.
I would like to have a way to see when someone's account was created and how many questions that person deleted (maybe even the names of the questions deleted for those who are editors), this is because I clearly remember having answered several questions from someone but all those questions were deleted and the very same person posted a new question yesterday, I replied and that person exhibited the same old behaviour that triggered my memory, he/she didn't even look at the links I provided and asked something that isn't MATLAB related, I didn't answer the specific question because I would waste my time, this is MATLAB Answers not Control Engineering Answers.
Many questions get asked again and again. Why? Because people are not searching for previous answers before asking questions.
Stackoverflow suggests some similar questions that have already been asked when people are typing in their questions. It's therefore easy for them to see that the questions already exist.
This system also relies on good questions being voted up, so they appear at the top of the list. I have asked several (dare I say) well-worded questions (and usually answered them well too), with a view to providing a resource for people to refer to. This effort is wasted by the questions and answers receiving no votes, and the fact that people never search for them anyway.
So, TMW please implement question suggestions like Stackoverflow, and regular users please vote for well-worded questions.
to group questions on Category (and create category list)
keywords do not enough
I like the idea of checking for relevant answers before posting a new question. As mentioned at , neural nets would be one vehicle for accomplishing this; alternatively, consider the following routine, for which x and y could be optimized.
Maintain a database of URL's, keywords, and tags for existing articles, threads, and questions. For each new question title proposed: * Define X as the set of all words of length > x from the user's proposed title. * Search the database for articles/threads/questions whose keywords and tags match y% of the members of X. * Display "Do any of the following answer your question?" * Display best matches.
Implementing a quality search procedure now could prevent unnecessary clutter and avoid the difficulty of deciding whose answers to delete should cleanup otherwise potentially become necessary. This would help answerers by politely encouraging common sense questioning practices with which to prevent redundant and unnecessary questions, and users would feel more intelligently assisted and locate answers more quickly.
The dual objectives would be time-efficient search and high-quality user feedback. Search time might be reduced by categorizing questions and searching only within relevant categories. And recommendation quality could be optimized by using a modern optimizer to maximize the recommendation success rate per 100 questions on the 2D search space defined by x and y .
Regards, George http://www.georgeevers.org
I do not like to be tracked by Google-Analytics. In Germany it is currently checked, if this service conflictes with the laws for data protection.
It is obvious that participating in a newsgroup is not very private at all. Nevertheless I see no reason to let Google know my IP, such that they can check if I've opened a browser window for Ebay or Amazon, while I'm posting at MATLAB Answers. Or does anyone needs informations like this: "People who have bought this book have been interested in these questions also: ..."
So my wish is: Disable tracking by Google-Analytics.
Documentation (and on-line help) of the search capabilities.
Known but not documented:
Thought I saw:
Possibly it was in the newsgroup that I saw this supported.
Unknown and not documented:
Answer numbers. If we can't link to a certain answer within a question, at least give the ability to link to the question and say, "See answer 12." The numbers could be fixed even if the questions move up and down, so we have two ways of tracking things.
When there is a problem posting (a comment or answer), currently the content of what was to be posted is lost; going back from the error page refreshes to the current content without the attempted addition. This can be a major time waste if one has posted a long reply :(
Wish list: that when an error page is given, that the attempted text be made available so that the user can at least copy it and retry or save it for later submission.
Dear community! Please use the chance to vote questions and answers exhaustively to increase the total quality of MATLAB Answers.
A guideline for voting and choosing an accepted answer would be helpful. E.g.:
Vote a question, if it is helpful for others and contains most likely all necessary information to solve the problem - even if your personal skill does not allow you to answer.
Vote a question, if you think, that reading it and its answers help to improve the personal programming skills.
Then a question with many votes but no answer gets very attractive for advanced programmers, questions with many votes and an accepted answer becomes attractive for beginners, while questions without a vote after 4 days are obvioulsy irrelevant.
Let me put blank lines in my responses!
If I type a line that doesn't go all the way to the end of the window to wrap automatically, then hit return to enter another line, the second line is appended to the first as if I had never hit return. Also, I cannot put multiple blank lines in without doing this fake dot
thing. (dot,return-return; dot,return-return) This feature would be useful for making a space in order to draw attention to an edit to an answer.
When constructing a comment or editing an answer (but not in initially submitting an answer!), if you have a line that begins and ends with a double-quote, then everything before the line and anything after the line are usually (but not always) lost, along with the double-quotes.
I had an example in my previous edition of this Answer, but when I edited the Answer to add more info, that line became the only thing left of the Answer :(
Wish: fix this behaviour.
Unique user names would be helpful to recognizewho has written a comment or question.
Some days ago I've read a comment by "Matt" and answered it by citing another thread, where I had discussed with "Matt" before. But there are 7 Matt's at the moment. By accident I've moved the mouse over the name link and have seen "Reputation: 0". This was about 300 less than expected.
Any ideas how this could be improved?
Wish: an editorial function to move an Answer to be a Comment on a different answer (or even the question itself), while preserving appropriate ownership. With any Comments to the Answer to be moved as well to become additional Comments.
Questioners post their responses as new Answers relatively often; cleaning up after that by copy-and-past is tedious and error-prone and doesn't preserve ownership.
Bonus Wish: move a Comment to become an Answer, preserving ownership and allowing appropriate credit. Especially during back-and-forths to determine what is being asked, key suggestions end up being given in Comments.
A tutorial section for posts like the following: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/6200-how-to-ask-a-question
Being able to revoke an Accept "at least for a grace period" was suggested earlier.
I would suggest that Editors be able to revoke Accept. It is not uncommon for a user to Accept much too early. Sometimes too the Accept looked reasonable at the time, but the user then either finds the solution to be unusable in the situation, or has additional related questions that are easier to deal with in the existing Question than in a new Question.
A way to get actual time-stamps for items instead of "about 3 months" and so on. For the purposes I am thinking of, having the time-stamps show up in the HTML but not visible would probably do (but an option to see them clearly would be nice.)
I am adding this again because it is REALLY, VERY annoying!
We should be able to put quotes around a paragraph or sentence and have it show up as such!
Right now if you write a big long response of several paragraphs and code, then put one little sentence at the end on its own line and in quotes, everything you wrote will be wiped out and only the line in quotes will show up - and without the quotes. When you then click on Edit, hoping that somehow your work will have been saved and just not shown, you find it is gone...
This is utterly ridiculous! At least add a button so that we can highlight a section in the answer and put it in quotes...
Free MATLAB swag for frequent contributors. While striving to get added to http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/1058-contributors-metainfo-reputation-and-more might be enough motivation, I think free stuff would be more motivating.
Maybe they could start small with a MATLAB answers sticker (not just the standard MATLAB sticker, but a customized one to reflect the contributions to answers). then as you contribute more you could get a mug, tee-shirt, USB key, etc.
Possibly it does not come up every time, but when it does, it is a page with just a short edit box with the text in the top left and a Submit and Cancel button -- not even anything telling you what the page is about.
Alright I will say it. I know they are stupid and annoying, and that we are all professionals here, but sometimes I like those little emoticons. I often see people using: ;) or :-), how about the real deals? The rollseyes one could come in handy.
I know it is not realistic, but man would I love it!
A filter that wouldn't let an OP post a question with TXT type in it.
No plz. (Please)
No tx. (Thanks)
No hlp. (Help)
Has anyone else been tripped up by the auto-folded comments? I'd personally prefer expanded by default, or at least a higher threshold.
I want to be able to down-vote questions and answers. I understand the current "positive reinforcement" philosophy, but sometimes it is better to be able to delete stuff that people really don't like (e.g. at -5 points).
A Google-quality search box (or just a Google box). For example, a few minutes ago I searched for "pi" and only get the single question how to evaluate pi out to 28 decimal places that was tagged with pi, missing the much more interesting Calculate the nth digit of pi (which I have now tagged "pi" as well). If I search "pi site:http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/" in Google, I get much more useful results. EDIT: And MUCH faster!
Too many people are using the Answers system like they use a search engine (google,bing,etc), I'm tired of trying to find out how to do something (wasting my time solving other person problems) and that person doesn't accept my answer or someone else answer, doesn't vote, etc.
I'm not here to earn points, I play fair and even vote against my own answers if I feel that someone else's better, the only thing that makes me mad is the amount of ungrateful people that post questions expecting answers and don't bother to vote, accept or just say thank you.
We need a way to vote down on the users, give them -1 point for the things already mentioned.
It appears that answer numbers and comment numbers are unique. If that is the case, then it would be useful if there was a url that we could use to reference them without having to put in the URL that includes the full title.
It isn't any strain to temporary remember a 4 or 5 digit number while one switches to another topic and writes #answer_NNNN or #comment_NNNN as appropriate, but remembering the full title such as 994-wish-list-for-matlab-answer-sections is not practical. It would thus be nice if there was a constant URL that we could use such as (e.g.)
http://matlabcentral.com/answers/jumpto/ that we could then add answer_NNNN or comment_NNNN to, which when activated would redirect the to the proper place.
Or, better yet, add some markup assistance; e.g., <$answer_NNNN text> or <$comment_NNNN text> would expand the $ to a URL prefix suitable for this purpose.
Be able to mark a question and its answers into "My QA Collections", just like "My Questions" and "My Answers". This will provide an easy reference for any QA that I am interested.
Searches are case-sensitive.
For example, searching for alphadata returns a different set of postings than searching for AlphaData
This is a bug, at least in the absence of a clearly indicated (and easy) method to make the search case insensitive.
NOT having my answers be listed oldest to newest. Having to trudge through 14 pages to see my recent answers is no fun...
Perhaps if we could choose the order from a drop-down, this would be more functional.
How do you guys find the new comments or answers in this big mess without having to inspect all of it? So darn frustrating!
When using search, you can sort by date answered/asked, and number of answers/votes, but you can't sort by how relevant the questions and answers are to your search (even a simple # of times each word occurs).
Filters based on product/category tags are good, but will only find questions that have actually been properly tagged.
Of course I can get round this by pointing a google search at Answers, but it'd be handy if the inbuilt search function had a go at it.
Please add a latest activity line in the listing of topics.
It is very annoying to have to open the topic just to see if I was the last responder.
Hope this helps.