Propose as answer error RRS feed


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  • You can clear this yourself as Moderator there.

    1. Propose the Answer.

    2. Unpropose the Answer.

    It's always worked for me in these situations.

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    Saturday, May 30, 2009 6:51 AM
  • It is a sign of a real problem, one the users have been battling since late January.  Last Thursday's update has more patches to spackle over the real issue and as far as I can see, they make the problems worse.  I don't know the architectural details well enough, but the term "cache" and "aggregator" keep popping up.  Sounds like multiple machines talking to each other, passing thread status and updates between each other.  That interface is riddled with problems.  The more obvious side effects are the Unread filter not working properly, post edits disappearing, moved threads staying locked for a week, post submits never completing, My Forums Threads missing posts.

    I don't doubt the forum devs are aware of this, it is however important for them to know that the spackle isn't working.  Looks to me they've added timeouts at various levels and when they trip, they do more harm than good.  Putting junk in the dbase, like this case, popping up alert boxes with no message.

    Hans Passant.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:43 AM
  • This problem existed "before" someone marked my response as "Propose for answer", notice the unmarked answer:

    By the way, I am not a moderator, I used to be an "Answerer" status in the older forums but that was all. I just thought I would report a legitimate bug.
    John Grove - TFD Group, Senior Software Engineer, EI Division,
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 1:28 PM
  • Another example, scroll to bottom [second from bottom] to see my unmarked proposed answer and see it is still looks as if it is proposed.
    John Grove - TFD Group, Senior Software Engineer, EI Division,
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 4:20 PM
  • The reason that it still looks as if it is proposed is because it is. There was one proposed as answer; two mark as answer and two unmark as answer which leaves the single propose as answer still valid.

    The unmarkings were of answers; Unmarking an answer doesn't simultaneously unmark a proposal. (Maybe it should).

    By the way your final post there complaining that your post is the best post in the thread and yet it isn't marked, apart from being pointless doesn't take into account that moderators work downwards. I for instance if I've already marked one post as an answer won't mark a second one even if it is better because a) I don't necessarily see it b) it might be based on the answer I marked c) I can't be bothered ...

    And in any case as an earlier post of yours in the same thread WAS marked as an answer, why should you care ?

    Sunday, May 31, 2009 4:40 PM
  • Your absolutely right, I guess I thought the user needed an example to go with the explanation. My former explanation was correct but didn't provide an example.

    Notice it was marked by Harry, not the OP. I wanted the OP to "get it". I know Harry understood me. Yes, I appreciate the fact that others knew my answer to be correct, but I could care less UNLESS the OP "got it".

    John Grove - TFD Group, Senior Software Engineer, EI Division,
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 4:47 PM
  • It's nice to be marked as answer from a moderator. But its even nicer when marked from the original poster.

    BTW, I took your criticism to heart and removed my "whiny" remark.

    John Grove - TFD Group, Senior Software Engineer, EI Division,
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 4:49 PM
  • Wise move.

    In my experience (on the other side of the fence) the only effect of them is negative for the poster.

    (OPs very often don't mark posts. There are many cases where OPs take the trouble to write a reply saying "Thanks, John. Your answer solved my problem completely" and still don't mark John's post as an Answer. In addition many OPs just don't bother coming back to a thread once they have an answer to their problem)
    Monday, June 1, 2009 2:40 PM
  • This happens more times then I can count. Particularly when I answer ADO.NET questions. Unappreciated endeavor in those forums and requires the most detailed and lengthy explanations.

    Thanks Mike for your insight and correction.

    John Grove - TFD Group, Senior Software Engineer, EI Division,
    Monday, June 1, 2009 2:43 PM