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Users that marks all their own posts as proposed answers RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have seen users marking every single post they make as the answer to all threads they post in. I find that a bit annoying since it can cuse the original creator of the thread to mark a post as the answer by mistake even if the post did not help to solve the problem.

    Should this be reported as abuse?


    Martin Sundström | Microsoft Certified Trainer | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator | http://msundis.wordpress.com
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 11:46 AM

Answers

  • But the question remains, should this be considered an abuse?

     

    It's not necessary to mark it as abuse.

     

    In order to see the threads marked abusive a Moderator needs to go to each forum and ask to see abusive threads.

    Compare this with the Moderator looking at a forum or even a My Forums Threads list where there are markings that a post has been proposed. 

     

    I use the latter and then automatically remove the self-propose as answer and then write a reply asking the person not to do it. It usally works if you do both.

     

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    As for your suggested change, you'll find that is what I said (in my first reply)  that we non-MS Moderators have repeatedly asked for.


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    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:37 PM

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  • It's a constant subject for threads here.

    Typically non-MS Moderators want this "feature" (the ability to propose your own posts as answers) removed, while some MS Moderators want it kept (because - the theory goes - it gives them an excuse to mark such posts as answered and thus improve their forum statistics).

    The forum software team seem to prefer the MS people rather than the non-MS people as so far they (the forum software people) have not made this simple change despite all those threads asking for it / muttering about this practice.


    2010 Books: SPF 2010; SPS 2010; SPD 2010; InfoPath 2010; Workflow etc.
    2007 Books: WSS 3.0; MOSS 2007; SPD 2007; InfoPath 2007; PerformancePoint; SSRS; Workflow
    Both lists also include books in French; German; Spanish with even more languages in the 2007 list.
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:54 PM
  • One change could be to prevent users from marking their own posts as answers, you would at least get rid of the problem with users trying to fish for undeserved answers...

    But the question remains, should this be considered an abuse?


    Martin Sundström | Microsoft Certified Trainer | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator | http://msundis.wordpress.com
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:13 PM
  • But the question remains, should this be considered an abuse?

     

    It's not necessary to mark it as abuse.

     

    In order to see the threads marked abusive a Moderator needs to go to each forum and ask to see abusive threads.

    Compare this with the Moderator looking at a forum or even a My Forums Threads list where there are markings that a post has been proposed. 

     

    I use the latter and then automatically remove the self-propose as answer and then write a reply asking the person not to do it. It usally works if you do both.

     

    ------------------

    As for your suggested change, you'll find that is what I said (in my first reply)  that we non-MS Moderators have repeatedly asked for.


    2010 Books: SPF 2010; SPS 2010; SPD 2010; InfoPath 2010; Workflow etc.
    2007 Books: WSS 3.0; MOSS 2007; SPD 2007; InfoPath 2007; PerformancePoint; SSRS; Workflow
    Both lists also include books in French; German; Spanish with even more languages in the 2007 list.
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:37 PM
  • Ok, I guess I could reply to one of the falsly proposed answers and ask the user not to mark every post as an answer. Hopefully thats enough :)

    Thanks for your time Mike!


    Martin Sundström | Microsoft Certified Trainer | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator | http://msundis.wordpress.com
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 1:55 PM
  • I see a similar trend and find it annoying especially as most posts of this user are not that good to be considered answers. If there would be a private message system introduced, I would have send a PM to this user.

    Otherwise I just ignore these proposals.


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    Naomi Nosonovsky, Sr. Programmer-Analyst

    My blog
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 2:00 PM
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  • A private message system would help, but Im fine with posting a reply as well. I dont mind that more users get their eyes on it when it happens.

    You are right about the quality of the answers, many times its simple posts. A common example is that the users asks for more infromation on the problem.


    Martin Sundström | Microsoft Certified Trainer | MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator | http://msundis.wordpress.com
    Wednesday, June 2, 2010 2:10 PM