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Dell Dimension 8300 desktop
June 26, 2011 at 19:15:32
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.20GHz, 4 Gigabytes RAM
Lately, I've seen a massive amount of "abandoned posters" on this site. Wouldn't it be nice if you could report those threads as offensive so they will be removed? I mean if something like the original poster doesn't reply to the post within 2 weeks of posting the original question, the thread would be deleted. Like if the op replied twice and got his/her question answered, the thread would remain there because the op replied. Just an idea for all.

RMT2

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#1
June 26, 2011 at 19:53:43
Hey,

I'm not sure I am a fan of removing content in this fashion. Computing.Net has always been about archiving all content. Just because a question has been abandoned, I don't think that it warrants removal.

Justin


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#2
June 26, 2011 at 23:26:20
I'd agree with you there, Justin. After a couple of weeks a post is going to have dropped pretty far down the lists if it is not active, so it's not exactly noise in the system. If it is active it may still be useful, even if the OP hasn't come back.

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#3
June 27, 2011 at 08:37:41
Okay, just thought of it.

Ask and Answer. The way of learning.

Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#4
June 27, 2011 at 09:44:20
Some of the abandoned post have very good answers to the question. Too bad the op didn't come back, but everyone else can use the answer if applicable.


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#5
June 27, 2011 at 11:55:56
What about posts that are never responded to? Do they eventually get deleted so that thet're not cluttering up the site?

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#6
June 28, 2011 at 11:05:04
re: "Too bad the op didn't come back, but everyone else can use the answer if applicable."

The thing is, we don't know if the OP came back or not.

The "too bad" part is that I'm sure many OP's come back for the answer but never say Thanks once they have tested the answer and finds that it works for them.

That said, I too am not in favor of deleting answers that don't get a response. Heck, at least half of my brilliant solutions would be deleted if that policy was instituted. ;-)


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#7
June 29, 2011 at 20:36:36
I can't count how many of these solutions that have not been responded to have helped me. I guess if there were many identical answers most could be deleted but I bet building that database will be a pain.

Likely


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#8
June 30, 2011 at 07:17:53
re: "I guess if there were many identical answers..."

There should never be any identical answers in this forum.

When someone asks a question that has been asked and answered before, we should remember the last time we answered that question, look up the original thread and post a link to it.

In fact, each time we answer a question for the first time, we should add the link to our own database, with a relevant description to make it easier for us to find next time. In other words, we each need to build our own "knowledge base".

If we don't recall answering a particular question before, we should search the archives for an answer that someone else may have posted and then post the link if found. If the OP isn't going to search the archives for the answer, then it is our duty to do it for them.

Only after an exhaustive search of our own custom made knowledge base as well as the computing.net archives should we post an answer to the question.

Feel free to ask me if I'm being serious. ;-)


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#9
June 30, 2011 at 12:57:08
I detect a note of sarcasm..........Ooopppsss. Wait. I'll spend the next eight hours digging through the archives, checking my personal notes, and calling dell tech support and I'll get back to you with a response in the form of a link that will take you to a page that you cannot access.

Likely


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June 30, 2011 at 13:01:31

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#11
July 3, 2011 at 12:16:05
At odd times I have been surprised when a poster has eventually come back months after the original post. I accept that is not the norm.

Please do not post then vanish - let us know the outcome


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