December 21, 2010

Franzk Franzk
Lab Rat
836 posts

Closing threads (automatically)?

 

It seems policy here to explicitly close threads when OP thinks enough information has been posted. Currently it takes time from both OP and admins to actually close the thread if OP considers it closed.

To close a thread, OP has to take significant action: decide who to send a message to, come up with a text, type it down and hit the send button. It’s a lot of work, while the contents are always basically the same. If OP is the only one who can decide about this (outside of mods and admins), then it would make sense to create a link or button that allows you to request the thread to be closed. Relevant people can then take action, close the thread and be done with it. Or, if admins/mods will always close a thread upon request, why not just allow OP to close the thread directly?

If closing threads is the way to go, to me it would make sense to close a thread automatically after say 30 days of no activity, if that is not already done.

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December 21, 2010

Gerolf Gerolf
Robot Herder
3253 posts

Hi Franzk,

there were already many discussions on this, and also some suggestions in JIRA here [bugreports.qt.nokia.com]

By the way: Moderators can’t close threads, I tried :-)

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December 21, 2010

Andre Andre
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6395 posts

Why would you ever close a thread, other than if the discussion gets out of hand? If there are no more reactions to it, then fine, it is inactive. But that does not mean that at some later stage, it may be very relevant again and new information can be added. That can make the thread a more valuable resource for reference later on.

December 21, 2010

Franzk Franzk
Lab Rat
836 posts

Right. That was what I thought, but if this is the way it’s going to be, it has to be deterministic.

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December 21, 2010

Alexandra Alexandra
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607 posts

Just like mentioned in other treads and on the bug report Gerolf linked to, I prefer something that indicates that the problem is solved. This functionality will come with the QA upgrade and the reputation system we are planning.

We want to implement some “thanks” and “that did it” kind of buttons that marks a problem as solved and gives Karma to the poster that gave the final hint. How does that sound?

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December 21, 2010

Andre Andre
Robot Herder
6395 posts

Sounds fine to me!

December 21, 2010

mariusg mariusg
Ant Farmer
1099 posts

See my comment here: https://developer.qt.nokia.com/forums/viewthread/2272/#12606

Basically, I don’t think we should close threads unless there is a special reason to do so.

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December 21, 2010

Volker Volker
Ant Farmer
5428 posts
Alexandra Leisse wrote:
We want to implement some “thanks” and “that did it” kind of buttons that marks a problem as solved and gives Karma to the poster that gave the final hint. How does that sound?

That sounds great! If not to say “+1” :-P

December 21, 2010

Smar Smar
Lab Rat
269 posts

Alexandra Leisse wrote:
Just like mentioned in other treads and on the bug report Gerolf linked to, I prefer something that indicates that the problem is solved. This functionality will come with the QA upgrade and the reputation system we are planning.

We want to implement some “thanks” and “that did it” kind of buttons that marks a problem as solved and gives Karma to the poster that gave the final hint. How does that sound?

+1 :)

Waiting this.

December 21, 2010

VCsala VCsala
Lab Rat
339 posts
Alexandra Leisse wrote:
We want to implement some “thanks” and “that did it” kind of buttons that marks a problem as solved and gives Karma to the poster that gave the final hint. How does that sound?

Really good news (just to avoid +1 response… :))

Anyway, the project elf somehow proved (at least for me) that we should somehow differentiate between “point collectors” and real helping hands.

December 21, 2010

Franzk Franzk
Lab Rat
836 posts

Alexandra Leisse wrote:
Just like mentioned in other treads and on the bug report Gerolf linked to, I prefer something that indicates that the problem is solved. This functionality will come with the QA upgrade and the reputation system we are planning.
Ah, yes, but closed doesn’t really mark things as solved, which is something that may help for a while, but I fear it will cause confusion more than it solves.

Alexandra Leisse wrote:
We want to implement some “thanks” and “that did it” kind of buttons that marks a problem as solved and gives Karma to the poster that gave the final hint. How does that sound?
Much better indeed.

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