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Display user's points in forum overview against post


I have been using the SDN forums for a while now, and I find them very useful. However more and more (this particularly concerns the Web Dynpro Java Forum) I am frustrated by the inane questions that are posted. Questions of the type, "Hello exprts, I am doing Web Dynpro, can you send me the documents? thnx". Even questions in which the title sounds promising, the content is ridiculous. I understand that unless people read the questions no-one will answer them, but with only 1 in 5 questions actually being worth reading, it comes to the point where I am no longer bothering to read through questions in the forum to see if I can help our a fellow forum user.

I think that some way of flagging in the forum overview the number of points/posts that a user who is asking the question has would be a good idea. It would go a long way to helping me, and I would assume others, filter out the meaningless jabber and actually get back to communicating with a forum of users who are actively trying to help each other out. The results would be, I believe, that if you posted useful replies to others, then your questions would in turn be more likely to be read by others willing to help you.

Is this an idea that might have merit?



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  • Jun 17, 2007 at 05:37 AM

    Hi Chris,

    Each forum displays the top 3 contributors last 30 days (right under the forum summary). Many of us use that list with its corresponding fuller list of users and activity, to track the "leads" in each area. For exampe:here">here>. Do you think this information or a link to it needs to be replicated?

    One can also look at the top" target="_blank">">top forum contributor list

    And of course you see number of questions, points, and posts each member has even if they are asking a question by looking at the details of their name.

    What am I missing in your query?

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    • Former Member Marilyn Pratt

      You could have a tooltip style popup with some points related details about the member. That way you're not using up screen real estate...