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when questions answered correctly shall close ?

I don't know what mechanism works here as i saw many open questions which are answered correctly by peers but due to non acceptance remain open.

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Aug 05 at 01:14 PM
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At least question author has to accept correct answer. A lot of Community members are not doing it...

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Yes that i have checked but i wish there should be some auto closer.

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"auto closer" - ??? But how? Only question author can decide that the answer is correct. In some cases moderator can perform "accept" action, but it will require extreme workload for moderators and the correctness of this approach is questionable!

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We've made suggestions in the past that SAP auto close threads where there is no activity for a given amount of time. Like 14 days or one month.

The status would show as "Closed due to inactivity" as opposed to "Closed-Accepted".

But SAP never acted on the suggestion and I haven't looked at the suggestions area for months.. it got depressing to see thing upvoted and rarely acted on.

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But what is the value of "Closed due to inactivity" status? When I am answering questions I look on question date... No reason to provide answers for old questions.

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I believe the value could be for those who could filter out closed / answered questions (there is still no filter for closed questions on SCN though LOL) as well as in preventing the annoying "necromancing".

This functionality exists on TripAdvisor, for example. The threads become closed due to inactivity after N days.

Edit: I started paying more attention to the dates too but only after getting burned by answering the resurrected old questions. It's sad to see other SCN members still fall into the same trap.

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I am working like this:

Open or refresh Q&A tag page (for example https://answers.sap.com/tags/01200615320800001016 )

And read/answer all questions down to the question with my last comment/answer.

Easy :)

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LOL, that's pretty much my MO too. Keep going until I see my own picture. :)

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Yes Vadim. a user would have to have the ability to filter out closed threads. What a revolutionary concept eh?

It would just clean up a lot of activity pages.

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Not sure if this a good or bad idea but could it be an option - clearly stated in the guidelines of course - that moderators can pick a best answer if the original author hasn't done so after a certain period of time? Every now and then I happen upon clearly answered questions where the author hasn't bothered to select one or at least adding a comment of why s/he couldn't select one yet. Many community members invest a lot of time in providing answers and to me it's kind of unfair if they then don't receive the credit - eh karma - points for their efforts.

Mind, I don't want to make more work for our moderators, so it would of course be their call to make use of such an option or not.

Cheers

Baerbel

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If more people upvoted the answers this could be actually automated: after N days (30-60 is reasonable) the top voted answer is accepted and question is closed. OP gets a notification and can pick a different answer as "best" if they want.

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The problem is that, outside of a very few tags, people don't use the up and down voting either. :{

-Dell

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Jelena Perfiljeva
4 days ago

I'd support this idea. Dell is correct that we don't have enough use of up/down-voting, but perhaps this would encourage that further? Also, I'm unclear on whether upvotes on an answer cause it to float toward the top of the thread, but this sort of thing would also tend to highlight better answers (and, of course, incentivize more cheating, but the moderators are pretty good at noticing and correcting this behavior).

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On a normal website run by humans the most popular answer would be on top but SCN has its own math, unfortunately.

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Since the standard sort order is still by votes, so the answer with the most votes gets on top. At least when following the strange math thingy Jelena mentioned.

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Steffi Warnecke
3 days ago

It should be that way, but Jelena has been saying that it doesn't always seem to work properly.

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Yeah, that's because an answer that was upvoted and downvoted and therefor should be 0 is not handled the same way as an answer that has no votes and is 0, too.

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Bärbel Winkler
3 days ago

Some moderators already do this, as far as I know. Or did.

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Steffi Warnecke
2 days ago

They can, and some do (or did), but there has been a lot of discussion in the past about whether or not this is appropriate for a moderator to do. To the best of my recollection, the consensus seemed to be that a moderator should generally only do this if it's clear from the comments that the OP considered it to be a right answer but just didn't click the button, unless it's a clear and obvious choice and the OP has disappeared from the thread (which certainly happens a lot).

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