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Is it really necessary for posts here suggesting where to post off-topic posts to to be marked with "Proposed as Answer"? RRS feed

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  • There are a number of posts in this forum that have all just been added to existing threads that were off-topic.

    In all (except one) of them SachinW MS Moderator  has proposed his own post as an Answer

    His "answer" has however only been (and it's a correct response) to advise them to which forum the post should go.

    1. This is NOT an answer to the threads in question.

    2. There have been lots of threads in this very forum complaining about people proposing their own posts as answers. It's very hard to accept that this then happens in this forum.

    3. Why instead of spending the time proposing his posts, didn't he spend the same amount of time to move the threads from this forum to Off-topic ?

    Unlike most of us normal beings, he does have Moderator rights and presumably CAN move them - instead these threads continue to disfigure this forum.



    Update: You wion't be able to find any of these posts here. They seem to have been moved AFTER I posted the above (there were about 7 of them in a row all directly under this post)

    Slightly later: I found them all in Off-topic posts. There was a gap between the initial reply /proposing as answer and moving the thread of over 30 mins and all the moves happened AFTER I posted this message.   Hopefully this means this won't be repeated (there was also one post from another moderator who had done the same thing, but that vanished to Off-Topic almost as soon as it was posted - hence my two (blank) initial edits, the first was to add that other moderator's name; the second to take it away again)



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    Monday, July 13, 2009 12:45 PM

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  • Hi Mike-

    This is my team cleaning up forums and redirecting users to the correct place.   I'll address you questions in detail later this evening. 

    Can you clarify though what you mean by this statement:  "There are a number of posts in this forum that have all just been added to existing threads that were off-topic."

    Thanks!
    Alicia



    Program Manager, Server and Tools Online Operations Team
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 12:11 AM
  • Hi Alicia,

    That meant.

    There were existing Off-topic threads. ("There are a number of posts in this forum .... that were off-topic.")

    The people who had posted these threads had already been told in a reply by me (mostly by me if not for all as there are 2 or 3 of us that help out in this way - but we don't have move rights) that these threads were off-topic and that they should ask in the "What is the Forum for ..?" forum which forum they should have posted the question too.

    The question had therefore been dealt with as far as this forum was concerned. All that was needed was that the thread be moved to Off-Topic.

    Instead an answer was made in the forum ("just been added to existing threads") and to add insult to injury marked as an answer by the poster himself.

    (Moving directly to the correct forum might have been incorrect if the OP had already asked in "Which is the forum for..?" where to post to and had already posted a copy to the correct forum - this is very likely because these were not brand new threads)


    Does that make the sentence clearer?

    Mike





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    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:49 AM
  • He's a member of a group of moderators from STO in India.  They got hired after the community moderators lost their site-wide moderator rights and stopped helping out in Where's The Forum.  That's a forum where an OP almost never marks an answer so they mark their own.  I've never seen them mark anybody else's contribution, I called them on it a few times but that made no difference.  Not sure it matters.  Looks like they are cleaning up the feedback forums now too.

    I'd prefer if nobody would post to those off topic threads.  It makes me having to look at them twice.  Those threads are a big waste of time to everybody when they don't get moved right away.

    Hans Passant.
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 10:34 AM
  • >I'd prefer if nobody would post to those off topic threads.  It makes me having to look at them twice.  Those threads are a big waste of time to everybody when >they don't get moved right away.

    I'd prefer it if they got moved right away too.

    Unfortunately we know that hasn't been the case and waiting for more than 2 weeks for an off-topic post to be moved hasn't been uncommon (to say the least).

    So, in order for these poor misguided people not to have to wait for at least two weeks and wonder why they are getting no reply I've been replying to them with the URL of the What is the forum for ...? forum.

    But, yes, if the off-topic threads were moved twice-daily regularly I certainly wouldn't bother.

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    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 10:48 AM