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Lucas Franceschi
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hey there
theres a suggestion I have been thinking about.

you know, lets imagine this situation,
if someone open a topic, is because this someone needs help in java
in 90% of the cases (that I observed), the people that opens the topic, have a real problem, that needs to be solved.

then, other people help this one that opened the topic.

after many posts of discussion the problem is solved, great.

but, and now?
the opener of the topic does NOT need more help...
and someone that reads the topic will think that it still needs help.
that would make people to WASTE their time solving problems that have already been solved.

so, I think that it would be a good practice to give to the openes of the topic some rights above its topic, just like closing the topic (not moving it..) and editing the topic.

that would be a great practice. just a suggestion..

i need to know what you people think, and also where do I contact javaranch admins to consider this suggestion
fred rosenberger
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This is the right place to bring your suggestion to the admins attention. there are a few issues though.

just because the original poster (the OP) thinks they have the answer, they might not. What would we do if the OP has closed the topic, but the answer they got was wrong? nobody could post a correction. And some of the best discussions come after the original question was answered.

What if the OP's question was answered, but someone else wanted more clarification? It seems to make more sense to continue in the same thread, rather than open a new one saying "in this other thread, somebody asked about this, the answer given was that, and i still don't get it".

The other issue is that our forum runs on some pretty touchy software - it's a little old. Many of the admins are afraid to go in and poke around at the code, because we're never REALLY sure what we might be messing with. Any changes usually require some compelling reason, or need to be rather trivial (and I don't know if this would be or not, having never messed with the code).
Eric Pascarello
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This has been talked about a few times here on the ranch.

The last time it was talked about was here.

I post on multiple forums. Seems like the ones that have a solved feature, the posters never use it. The get the answer and leave. They do not care if it is marked.

Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Also, I'm not sure under what circumstances someone would waste time solving a problem with the current system. If you see a question posted, with answers below it, why would you answer again (unless, of course, you felt you had something to add).
Andrew Monkhouse
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I think that the overall aim could also be achieved by the original poster simply replying to their own post, stating that the question has now been answered to their satisfaction (and possibly even thanking those who helped).

This, to me, would be much more friendly than simply seeing that a topic has been closed (and then not knowing whether a moderator closed it or whether the original poster closed it).

Regards, Andrew
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