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OP marking own reply as Answer

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  • I am greatly disappointed and perplexed that TechNet forums still allow OPs marking own replies as Answers.

    Even Microsoft Community ( answers.microsoft.com ) has stopped such practice.

    Why is it so hard to implement a logical and simple rule ?

    There is one incident that your forum owner, Anthony_Mann, had to post a cautionary note to the OP who has had this under-handed behavior. He suggested to the OP that he should un-mark his own reply as Answer. Of course, the OP did not comply. 

    Antony Mann would not have to do that if the rule is agreed on and implemented.

    My 2 cents.

    Thank you.


    Saturday, March 14, 2015 5:55 PM

Answers

  • I misled you actually, I was scared to mark my own post as an answer because I saw a moderator tell someone it's a rule so I looked everywhere and can't find it and wonder why I can mark my own post but it's a rule but I cannot find a rule - this is completely my confusion.

    I do not like OP Mark as answer, but the problem is that it has a legitimate use case -- when the OP has found the answer him/herself, or has needed to combine several responses to arrive at the full answer (in this case the contributing responses should at least be voted helpful).

    Quite a number of OP's do use this feature correctly, but others do not -- they just repeat a given answer and mark their response as the answer. These people may believe that this is the correct way to "close a thread", but it really isn't, mostly because it deprives the answerer of credit.

    This is in contrast to the other scourge of these forums- self-propose. This may also have valid use cases (non-compelling IMHO), but in point of fact self-proposals almost always reflect the lack of humility of the responder rather than the quality of the response. Therefore, self-propose should be unconditionally banned, IMHO.


    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:50 AM

All replies

  • I am confused because I cannot find the rule which says not to mark self's answer as answer. It is similar to mark as helpful for one's own post.

    I agree that it should not be allowed by the same person, otherwise a whole thread can be done by only a single person - then the purpose of the forum is invalid.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:53 PM
  • I might have used wrong choice of words and misled you.

    There is no such rule in TechNet forums.

    I am lobbying for one.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:57 PM
  • I might have used wrong choice of words and misled you.

    There is no such rule in TechNet forums.

    I am lobbying for one.

    I misled you actually, I was scared to mark my own post as an answer because I saw a moderator tell someone it's a rule so I looked everywhere and can't find it and wonder why I can mark my own post but it's a rule but I cannot find a rule - this is completely my confusion.
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 7:16 PM
  • I misled you actually, I was scared to mark my own post as an answer because I saw a moderator tell someone it's a rule so I looked everywhere and can't find it and wonder why I can mark my own post but it's a rule but I cannot find a rule - this is completely my confusion.

    I do not like OP Mark as answer, but the problem is that it has a legitimate use case -- when the OP has found the answer him/herself, or has needed to combine several responses to arrive at the full answer (in this case the contributing responses should at least be voted helpful).

    Quite a number of OP's do use this feature correctly, but others do not -- they just repeat a given answer and mark their response as the answer. These people may believe that this is the correct way to "close a thread", but it really isn't, mostly because it deprives the answerer of credit.

    This is in contrast to the other scourge of these forums- self-propose. This may also have valid use cases (non-compelling IMHO), but in point of fact self-proposals almost always reflect the lack of humility of the responder rather than the quality of the response. Therefore, self-propose should be unconditionally banned, IMHO.


    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP

    Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:50 AM
  • Yes. In fact I remember for one or two times, people asked interop question about Java and .NET webservice here. We give them enough information to seek help in Java forum (one of the problem is on how to increase bit-ness of the cert because there is a Microsoft update blocking certain type of e-cert with key length less than 512 bit)

    After he get the reply from Java forums, he posted the reply here as followup. In this case he is doing the right thing to mark his own reply (although not actually has own) as answer.



    • Edited by cheong00 Monday, June 1, 2015 9:14 AM
    Monday, June 1, 2015 9:14 AM