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Mark Garland
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Hi,

Having come back to JavaRanch after leaving it for a a year whilst I studied for DB2 Certification, I have to say that the upgraded site is running 10x better than the previous version (which would often grind to a halt). It's an excellent community and I'm so pleased to see it running so well.

My question is whether there is an easy way to search for articles/threads that have had 0 replies.
I tend to look in the Java forums when I get a spare 10mins, and skip through them to find the things nobody wants to answer. They are often the trickiest and most challenging, and besides - if a thread has >3 replies, it's likely that the author has their answer already.
Can this easily be done? Does anyone know a way?

Thanks in advance, and keep up the good work!

MG
 
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Glad you like it. Much of the speed improvement is due to a new server we got last spring (for which the community chipped in lots of funds), but the new forum software written in Java makes the system much more amenable to changes.

As to your question, both the Recent Topics page and the individual forum pages (like Servlets) have a "Replies" column that shows the number of replies each post got. Or are you looking for a page that lists just the zero-reply posts?
 
Mark Garland
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Hi Ulf,

I remember you well from a number of posts from over a year back where you kindly helped me.

I'm kind of after the latter. I can click in each forum individually and look through the replies column, but a page that lists articles, across all forums, with 0 replies would be good. You could sort them by date, and so I could (as an example) pick off the stragglers that had been around for a week or so.

MG
 
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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That could be kinda fun: a "Stumpers!" page, which listed all the zero-reply threads in the technical forums for the last week or month. I'll look into that.
 
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Hi EFH,

That would be brilliant and gets around why some people wanted the # of views/replies columns kept. If there can be a 'view' of all of the 0 replies topics that would be great!
 
Mark Garland
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Hi,

I was thinking about this today. A 0 replies column would be very useful, but how about a "my question has been answered flag" which could be set by the original poster or the forum administrator.

For example, I have a number of questions outstanding where people have answered (so >0 replies), but my question is still outstanding. However, a 0 replies page would fail to pick this up.

Just a thought...

Cheers,

MG
 
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Mark Garland wrote:Hi,

I was thinking about this today. A 0 replies column would be very useful, but how about a "my question has been answered flag" which could be set by the original poster or the forum administrator.

For example, I have a number of questions outstanding where people have answered (so >0 replies), but my question is still outstanding. However, a 0 replies page would fail to pick this up.

Just a thought...

Cheers,

MG


It theory it sounds great, in reality it is not.
I post on a forums that have the "My question has been answered flag" and I would say that <20% of the people use it. The original posters get their answers and leave and do nothing else. It would be a waste of the moderators time to mark it.

Eric
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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We've also discussed in this forum how we like to encourage discussion and not just q & a. Often useful things get said after one answer has been provided.
 
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:We've also discussed in this forum how we like to encourage discussion and not just q & a. Often useful things get said after one answer has been provided.


And a lot of times the first answer is wrong, but especially in the beginner forums, the questioner won't know that.
 
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Hi,

As expected, sounds like you guys having given this a lot of thought.
I still think the "0 replies - Stumpers" page is a good idea. It would be simple to implement and wouldn't require any time from either the question-poster or the moderators.

Thanks,

MG
 
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