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Subject: About posts

From: Sadik

Date: 15 Feb, 2010 11:17:02

Message: 1 of 6

Hello,

I would like to make a suggestion about making a new column called "Originally posted by" or some other shorter name. Reasons:

1. If a person asks a question, and then he makes a correction in it before anyone answers it, the number of replies seems to be 1, am I wrong? Then, one could say "OK, this has been handled.".

2. If the post has, say, 15 replies, then it is still not clear if the last one belongs to the original poster and his problem has been resolved.

3. Everyone may not, and I do not, have enough time to go through each and every single post.

Hopefully many other people and I would be very happy to have a column like that and it seems there is lots of space for it.

If there has been a discussion about this before and I have missed it, apologies in advance.

Thanks.

Subject: About posts

From: John D'Errico

Date: 15 Feb, 2010 11:39:02

Message: 2 of 6

"Sadik " <sadik.hava@gmail.com> wrote in message <hlbafe$epl$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> Hello,
>
> I would like to make a suggestion about making a new column called "Originally posted by" or some other shorter name. Reasons:
>
> 1. If a person asks a question, and then he makes a correction in it before anyone answers it, the number of replies seems to be 1, am I wrong? Then, one could say "OK, this has been handled.".
>
> 2. If the post has, say, 15 replies, then it is still not clear if the last one belongs to the original poster and his problem has been resolved.
>
> 3. Everyone may not, and I do not, have enough time to go through each and every single post.
>
> Hopefully many other people and I would be very happy to have a column like that and it seems there is lots of space for it.
>
> If there has been a discussion about this before and I have missed it, apologies in advance.
>
> Thanks.

The fact that a person replies to their own post does
NOT indicate they have solved it! It often merely says
they realized they made a error in their first post, and
they wish to clarify some point. It may be they just
wish their question to rise again to the top of the
queue so that someone will notice it.

If people use a good, accurate subject title, then it is
far easier to know whether to read something. This is
a better solution, that requires no software fix at all.

John

Subject: About posts

From: Doug Schwarz

Date: 15 Feb, 2010 13:25:37

Message: 3 of 6

In article <hlbbom$6o5$1@fred.mathworks.com>,
 "John D'Errico" <woodchips@rochester.rr.com> wrote:

> "Sadik " <sadik.hava@gmail.com> wrote in message
> <hlbafe$epl$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> > Hello,
> >
> > I would like to make a suggestion about making a new column called
> > "Originally posted by" or some other shorter name. Reasons:
> >
> > 1. If a person asks a question, and then he makes a correction in it before
> > anyone answers it, the number of replies seems to be 1, am I wrong? Then,
> > one could say "OK, this has been handled.".
> >
> > 2. If the post has, say, 15 replies, then it is still not clear if the last
> > one belongs to the original poster and his problem has been resolved.
> >
> > 3. Everyone may not, and I do not, have enough time to go through each and
> > every single post.
> >
> > Hopefully many other people and I would be very happy to have a column like
> > that and it seems there is lots of space for it.
> >
> > If there has been a discussion about this before and I have missed it,
> > apologies in advance.
> >
> > Thanks.
>
> The fact that a person replies to their own post does
> NOT indicate they have solved it! It often merely says
> they realized they made a error in their first post, and
> they wish to clarify some point. It may be they just
> wish their question to rise again to the top of the
> queue so that someone will notice it.

Hi John,

That's exactly what he is saying, that the existence of a second post
might indicate (incorrectly) that someone has already answered the
question.

I find the opposite to be true -- that perfectly well answered questions
get answered again and again. <Shrug> I guess some people have so much
time on their hands that they can't resist.

--
Doug Schwarz
dmschwarz&ieee,org
Make obvious changes to get real email address.

Subject: About posts

From: Jan Simon

Date: 15 Feb, 2010 13:56:03

Message: 4 of 6

Dear Sadik!

Even a "Solved" flag would not satisfy all needs. Sometimes the OP thought the problem is solved, but some experts mention important limitations of the presented solution, e.g. if inputs are empty, NaN, Inf or for repeated elements.

Kind regards, Jan

Subject: About posts

From: John D'Errico

Date: 15 Feb, 2010 14:22:03

Message: 5 of 6

"Jan Simon" <matlab.THIS_YEAR@nMINUSsimon.de> wrote in message <hlbjpj$869$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> Dear Sadik!
>
> Even a "Solved" flag would not satisfy all needs. Sometimes the OP thought the problem is solved, but some experts mention important limitations of the presented solution, e.g. if inputs are empty, NaN, Inf or for repeated elements.
>
> Kind regards, Jan

Exactly. A response to a post does not mean that it
is done with. A response might be completely wrong,
something that often happens on the internet. I saw
a basic rootfinding question answered by multiple
people the other day on StackOverFlow, all of whom
failed to point out that fzero was the answer. Some
suggested writing a code in Matlab to do bisection,
a couple of suggestions for Newton's method, two
people suggested Fsolve. Nobody bothered to
mention that fzero is the tool in matlab for this
problem.

The OP might respond to their own post and say
they thought they had the answer. Many times this
is still wrong.

Even sometimes when a response is perfectly correct,
it is appropriate to expand on a response to add some
valuable fact.

John

Subject: About posts

From: Sadik

Date: 15 Feb, 2010 15:37:02

Message: 6 of 6

But I still want my column. :)))))

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