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Balu Sadhasivam
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Forum Leaders,

There are few forums which in my words are " not taken care " to answer the queries . Many questions are unanswered (with 0 replies) . I understand all here people spend our own time to answer other queries , but still as forum leaders (they have extra responsibility) shouldnt that be taken care . Or Is it beacuse we lack experts in such forums?

 
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As you say, our bartenders are volunteers. Furthermore, they're not necessarily chosen because they are experts in a given area (although many of them are) -- they are chosen because they are helpful and nice. It's never their job to answer questions, although many of them do because they want to, and because they can.

The reason that some forums are very quiet is because there are no people who visit that particular forum and have the time, desire, or knowledge to answer the questions -- it's as simple as that.
 
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Balu Sadhasivam wrote:
There are few forums which in my words are " not taken care " to answer the queries . Many questions are unanswered (with 0 replies) . I understand all here people spend our own time to answer other queries , but still as forum leaders (they have extra ownersip) shouldnt that be taken care . Or Is it beacuse we lack experts in such forums?


The "forum leaders" are the moderators of the site. They try to enforce the rules. Make sure everyone play nice. And try to help as much as possible. But they are not officially the subject matter experts.

Hopefully, the JavaRanch has created an environment that attracts such experts. And makes it comfortable for them to post. But obviously, there is no effort to require them to answer questions.

Henry
 
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Yes , thats true we are all volunteers and would like to spend our time to help others. I certainly wish such neglected forums attracts more experts. Thanks
 
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Yes, it is a problem. In a few cases, however, we have questions unanswered because nobody who comes to JavaRanch knows the answer at all!
 
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This is also why it is very important to ask questions correctly...

http://faq.javaranch.com/java/HowToAskQuestionsOnJavaRanch

When a forum has tons of "experts", most of the time, someone can figure out what you are talking about. However, if the forum has little to no experts, and you are looking for someone who may have ran into something similar -- how you ask the question (providing enough details, making it easier for people to understand, etc.) is very important.

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Man... if I were required or expected to answer any/all unanswered posts in the forums I moderate, you'd see me beating a hasty retreat to the exit, leaving my moderator hat on the peg by the door.
 
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I had a simpler approach when I had the Oracle forum . . . I knew I didn't know anything about any of the questions
 
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When a forum has tons of "experts", most of the time, someone can figure out what you are talking about.

Even when a forum has "tons" of experts, their time is limited and they'll just skip over questions that take too much work to figure out.

Here are my top 8 reasons that I will skip a post and move on to the next one:

  • Not using real words; e.g. u in place of you, or plz in place of please
  • A subject that doesn't describe the problem, like "Need help" or "Having problem"
  • Posting "I get an error" or "it doesn't work" without showing the error or explaining what "doesn't work" means
  • Any appearance of the word "urgent", or other form of rudeness
  • Using incomplete sentences that don't make sense
  • Unformatted code
  • Too much code that's not relevant to the question, formatted or otherwise
  • Asking for code without doing any work themselves


  • This list isn't meant to be mean, or to scold anybody -- it's intended as a helpful list of things to avoid in order to attract the attention of those that can help with the problem.

     
    Balu Sadhasivam
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    Henry wrote
    This is also why it is very important to ask questions correctly...



    Bear wrote
    Even when a forum has "tons" of experts, their time is limited and they'll just skip over questions that take too much work to figure out.


    Yes i would certainly agree , that's a good point to skip such meaningless questions. Then we also have FAQ that would help us a lot. But again if someone like me who likes a "one stop to shop" as we are familiar with a single forum like JR and wants to get their answers to all question. I may sound more greedy, that would be better !!
     
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    I can only find one of your unanswered posts and it is for an awfully specific question that many people don't know the answer to.

    I'm assuming this is just a general comment then and not for questions you've asked. In which case, you could help out by answering some .
     
    Balu Sadhasivam
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    I'm assuming this is just a general comment then and not for questions you've asked. In which case, you could help out by answering some .


    Jeanne , thanks for noticing my unanswered question. I realized that only after i asked a question where there are many unanswered question already

    But to answer your second question , you would have certainly noticed that almost 90% of my posts were to help others and indeed helpful to them

    Again coming back to unanswered forums , i m preparing to choose a area ( most probably the forum where my unanswered question was) and see if i cud help others..
     
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    Great! I meant to put a smilie after my comment about answering questions ;). I did notice that you have way more replies than questions. Which is great!
     
    It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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