Solved Suddenly OLD posts are marked as far back as 2010

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#1
July 31, 2013 at 11:29:00
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Hi,

Its because I'm going back and marking postings that have what I think are good answers. I'm trying to make the site more clear for users on popular postings.

Moderators and administrators don't have time restrictions on marking best answers or editing postings.

I'm done with it for now, but I may do some more at a later date...

Thanks for the heads up!
Justin

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#2
July 31, 2013 at 11:35:08
I was wondering about that myself, makes sense to clear things up.

:: mike


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#3
July 31, 2013 at 14:42:05

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#4
July 31, 2013 at 19:37:33
Ordinary people who become moderators can set a post as Best Answer? Is it possible to make mods wait at least a week after said post before it can be marked thusly? Sometimes, I see posts like that made within a couple hours after the OP but don't do much more than ask questions to get the OP to spill more information. The OP doesn't even come back so making said post a Best doesn't make sense, especially so early within the troubleshooting attempt.

It's one thing if the OP himself/herself marks a Best, but I think mods should have to wait at least a week to allow the troubleshooting attempt to follow course and see if a more direct and accurate post can be made to help the OP.

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#5
July 31, 2013 at 22:21:44
'The OP doesn't even come back so making said post a Best doesn't make sense'
Actually, I agree with that statement......

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#6
August 1, 2013 at 05:28:39
Xps86,

While mods do have the power to mark a best answer (and reset one), very few of them actually ever use this power. I completely agree that they should wait a while to see what happens, if and when they use the feature. I wouldn't want to see a mod mark a best answer prematurely. Bear in mind, that the OP can always remove a best answer on a thread, if he so desires... So he does have the power to switch to it to something else.

Right now though, I'd say 99% of all postings marked with best answers are marked by the OP (excluding the postings I just marked).

I disagree with the point that because an OP doesn't come back, marking a best answer doesn't make sense. Sometimes, the question isn't really resolved, and without the OP, its hard to tell. However, many, many times the question is adequately resolved, and the OP just didn't come back to mark a best answer. I trust a moderator's judgement on this. He or she should be able to tell what a good answer to a question is and isn't.

The way the system works now, the OP is alerted by e-mail he should mark a best answer after 2 days (provided there are replies). If he doesn't do anything, he's alerted again after a week. If, after a week, he still hasn't done anything, I don't believe there's a high chance he's going to mark one.

The thing to remember is lots of users will see that question later, so, after the week passes, I feel, if a moderator can adequately determine what he thinks is the best answer, he should mark it. This will help less experienced users who come to the question later on.

Thanks!
Justin


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#7
August 1, 2013 at 09:34:01
{Different post rescinded}
I'll give the benefit of the doubt that the OP found their solution shortly after posting and picked the first reply, "What's the make/model of the computer?" in order to mark the thread Solved.

Perhaps just as you recently added the "edited by" message, you could display who marked it Best right below the green Best Answer message. If it doesn't fit, maybe an on-click tooltip (I'm not a fan of on-hover). It would be awesome to show the date/time it was marked thusly too, but you mentioned in that thread it's not easy to do in the current system.

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#8
August 1, 2013 at 09:45:30
Hi,

I agree that some OPs don't understand, and just mark whatever. There is a popup warning to them trying to explain, but, unfortunately, there will always be people who either don't read or don't understand. I had considered making the OP wait at least 24 hours or something before he could mark best answer, but, that could be counterproductive. Its very important that messages are marked best answer for future readers, so I don't want to discourage OPs from marking just because of a few bad apples.

As for saying who did it, I'll need to think about that. I doubt I'd say who specifically marked it, just if it was marked by the OP or a moderator. You have to remember, best answer is really for future readers who may not have many technical skills. The OP and most technical people can decide for themselves what is good and isn't good. I'm not sure if I want to indicate a difference. That may be confusing to the general target of it.

Like you mentioned, the timestamp is difficult. When you factor in the audience, I'm also not sure how important that is anyway.

Justin

EDIT: I have a log of all moderator actions, so if a moderator is incorrectly marking best answers, I think it would be easy to determine. Quite frankly, I think its unlikely a moderator would do that. We trust them with lots of powers, this would be one of the lesser ones.

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#9
August 1, 2013 at 10:56:46
Perhaps you're right. I think I'll just keep a record of fishy behavior and present it privately if I think something is up. There were a few other ideas I had, but making the system even appear more complex - let alone be more complex - will turn people off, especially the non-technical minded.

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#10
August 1, 2013 at 11:25:46
Xps86,

That's the issue. More complexity = less people using the system... in my mind.

The thing to bear in mind right now though is that pretty much every Best Answer you've seen (short of the ones I marked on older threads), were all set by the OP. Example, on this thread, the OP marked it. So, any issues with selecting them are OP issues, not moderator issues.

Justin

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