Moderators not always being truely helpful RRS feed

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  • Recently Xun Ye moved a post of mine from C# the Off-Topic post list.  Durring that process, he/she indicated the forum that it should have been in.

    While I am thankful for knowing where that fourm is, it seems to me that my post should have been moved there instead of forceing me to start over.

    PS.  I can even find that suggested forum without the link supplied in the repsonse.  I did not know it existed.

    My orginal post is titled
    How to: Update only related rows in child tables

    The forum it should have been it is

    Data Platform Development

    Friday, July 18, 2008 11:49 AM

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  • The reason he couldn't move it is that this system an dthat one are completely seperate systems. We are in the process (over the next few months) of migrating all of the forums from that system to this new one. That forum just hasn't been moved yet.
    Matt Fraser, STO Forums Software Developer
    Friday, July 18, 2008 3:05 PM
  • Well, okay, but there are MANY questions about database in the C# forum.  I don't understand why mine was singeled out for moving and as I said, I could not even find that fourm on either system.

    BTW.  Your response did not send me an alert. 
    Monday, July 21, 2008 11:48 AM
  • Roy,

    The most likely explanation would be that the moderators tend to go back to older posts that got buried due to lack of activity and determine their status (new posts made means your post is not getting visibility). As they do so, they try to determine whether someone answered while the original thread starter (original poster, or OP for short) has neglected the topic, so they'll mark an answer or notify them of a better place to ask so that when the OP returns they have something to go on.

    In your case, and I'm only guessing based on the post times in your post, your 2nd question didn't receive a response for 3 days (15th to 18th). In that time frame surely your post got buried and likely the moderator was checking on older posts to determine their status, so they moved yours and mentioned a better place to get a reply. On the 19th you got the 2nd response.

    The other issue to consider is that some DB questions are sometimes simpler than others so they tend to get answered faster from the people in the C# forums. If other DB questions get neglected then chances are people on the C# forum aren't familiar or someone who is hasn't been around to see your post, or people haven't gone that far back to see your buried post.

    On top of what Matt said about the other forums being migrated later, those are the patterns I've seen by the mods so I felt like commenting on your situation. Well, I hope that cleared things up a little :)

    Document my code? Why do you think it's called "code"?
    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 1:36 AM
  • Ahmad,
    Thank you for you detailed response.  I understand what you are saying and I probably do not disagree with it.

    I guess I am asking for a little more consistency.  I am not sure if a strict off topic post rule is good or not.  There are too many shades of gray in terms of what goes where, particularly when IDE items have to be filed un languages etc.

    I guess, I was feeling somewhat slighted because mine got moved and others did not and then got 'dumped' as an off-topic post.

    I understand that you guys are moving things over as fast as possible, but it is somewhat of a mess in the current state with forums spread around.

    I look forward to all of them being at one location again.

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 1:45 AM