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Suggestion: Automatic Timer for closing threads

Greetings SDN and moderators!

Here's a suggestion to add to your development list of SDN forum improvements (i.e. our wish-list). I've been reading on this forum how everyone hates it when a thread to a post is not closed the by poster of the question.

How about if the SDN developers added a conditional timer on the posts displayed? Once a new thread is posted, it has a start date. If it is answered, that thread's new start date is initialized again. After (e.g. 7 days), of no replies to the thread, it should be automatically closed. Of course, the initial poster can also come and open it again if s/he is still looking for an answer. Posts without any replies that automatically close should have some icon with some timeouted clock on it to differentiate that that this thread was automatically timed out. Furthermore, if the developers have more time, our search engine should be configured to not bring back search results of queries having this timed out condition. Thus, we can flush out these floating posts!

What do you think?

Regards,

John Ta

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    May 06, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    I agree with John. It so happens that the blog are not closed & the responses are continuously flowing after intervals.

    However, at this point We would like the moderater to come in picture & reward suitable points for correct answers.

    Also there are blogs for which suitable answers are not received by the person opening a blog. in that case, if the moderatoer / SAP expert team comes with a suitable response, it will further help the person opening the blog.

    If the blog recieves no reponse for 7 days or more, then it should be closed by default intimating the Blog opener of the same.

    Regards,

    Rajesh Banka

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    May 08, 2007 at 02:09 PM

    Dear John Ta,

    Starting from where you have left, it would be a good idea to restrict user's to open a new thread if he owns more than two inactive threads which are still open (probably more than a month old threads). Then user inevatably has to close the inactive open threads to continue further.

    Regards,

    Naveen.

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    • > Or give them a point for closing the post. Yes, this

      > in addition to the point they get for rewarding

      > points.

      >

      Yeah right.. but how about a deadline? all posts closed before 05/31 ie those that were open as of 05/01 would get 1 point each..

      ~Suresh

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    May 09, 2007 at 06:14 PM

    Ok! Thanks to everyone for your input. You have been acknowledged for your feedback. Hopefully, this suggestion will make it on the SDN's moderator radar. Now, I will follow through with closing my own thread.

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    • ...hoewever sometimes threads are answered months later, even some of my own questions are still unanswered more than a year on (and I'd still appreciate any feedback even today!).

      However I agree with the idea, my vote goes for a system where one can have a maximum (5? 10?) of open questions. Or at the very least a gentle reminder when posting a new question.

      Cheers,

      Mike

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    May 07, 2007 at 07:42 PM

    Dear John,

    You are absolutely right. An inactive thread should be closed after sufficient time. But, I guess it should be more than 7 days (anywhere between 15 - 30 days).

    Thank you for a nice siggestion on behalf of all of us.

    Regards,

    Naveen.

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