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Improper Use of Propose As Answer RRS feed

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  • I originally posted this question in the Moderator's Forum, but that Forum doesn't seem to get much traffic. So, I thought I should modify my question a bit (take out the name of the offending person, since this Forum is public and the Moderator's Forum is not) and try posting it here

    There is an MVP who keeps proposing his own replies as answers, even after I have told him several times, publicly in replies, that it's not proper forum etiquette. He does this immediately after he posts his replies, so it's not like he's waiting for a few days and then proposing if the OP doesn't come back (even then, I still do not believe it's good form to "toot your own horn" by marking your own replies).

    What can be done about this behavior? Do I just keep chastising him every time I see it (and then "un-proposing" his reply)? Am I the only one that thinks this is bad? Can we all start ganging up on him and then maybe he'll quit doing it? (that last one was my attempt at humor ... ha ha )


    ~~Bonnie DeWitt [C# MVP]

    http://geek-goddess-bonnie.blogspot.com

    Friday, February 20, 2015 11:14 PM

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  • From a forums perspective there's nothing to prevent this. You could mention it to their lead. Otherwise I'd probably ignore it.

     You could also reference this one.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4865.whether-or-not-you-should-self-propose-an-answer-in-an-msdn-or-technet-forum.aspx

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Saturday, February 21, 2015 12:25 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks for the reply, Dave. I'll probably just ignore it for now, unless I know for sure that the proposed reply is not a good answer ... in which case I might reply with that link (it's a good one).

    ~~Bonnie DeWitt [C# MVP]

    http://geek-goddess-bonnie.blogspot.com

    Saturday, February 21, 2015 3:39 PM
  • Obviously nothing can be done about the behavior.  Don't hate the players; hate the game.

    You could remove the ability to propose your own post as the answer, much like you can't mark your own answer as helpful.  That would probably be the best thing that could be done.

    It would seem that each person likely thinks that their own post is the answer.  The actual useful mechanism would be to retract an answer when you observe that someone else's answer is more appropriate than your own.  I usually reserve the "propose as answer" for those scenarios.

    I'm not 100% sure, but would seem that you do not get rewarded with points for marking a proposed answer, nor are there extra bonuses for having your answer be proposed or even for ultimately having a proposed answer marked as the actual answer.  You do get a little congratulatory comment that you "helped identify" a correct answer but I don't think it's worth any extra points.  So we're already not rewarding people for doing it.  [Please correct me if I'm wrong about this point system.]

    If I am wrong, then removing the point rewards would be one step.  Evaluating the utility of "propose as answer" is another good idea.  I don't personally think much of it except when I feel like voicing a "me too" kind of answer.  If someone writes an answer which is exactly what I would have written (and this does happen quite a bit, especially with short code answers) then I will "propose as answer".  Mostly to reinforce the fact that someone else thinks that this is the answer without actually writing a duplicate post.

    I also feel that it's wrong that the asker (or even a moderator) can un-propose as answer.  That seems really wrong.  You can't change my opinion.  It's my proposal!  The whole mechanism is really weird and I don't find it useful.

    The actual usefulness would be a voting system where I could "agree" with a proposal.  Somebody thinks an answer is right -- so what?  It's better if I can say that I agree or disagree and collect the opinions of the whole community.  If an answer is already proposed, I can't further express my support for it.  That's bogus too.

    The up/down voting is OK, but I actually find it a little confrontational (I'm speaking from experience at StackOverflow).  But it's more useful information statistically.



    • Edited by Wyck Saturday, February 21, 2015 5:07 PM minor spelling mistake.
    Saturday, February 21, 2015 5:06 PM