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topr8




msg:4267539
 7:56 pm on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

Must be getting old and losing the sharpness of my sparkling blue eyes!

how long has unanswered been open!

 

Brett_Tabke




msg:4267550
 8:05 pm on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

days - weeks - months. who keeps track of such esoteric things?

topr8




msg:4267624
 10:25 pm on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)


now that's a coy answer Mr Tabke!

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:4267635
 10:42 pm on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

Que?

topr8




msg:4267647
 11:02 pm on Feb 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

... think B, it was a literal question, and posted in the correct forum

engine




msg:4268544
 6:15 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

hehe, yeah, it wasn't that long, top8, your eyes appear to still be working. :)

Brett_Tabke




msg:4268558
 6:40 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

i have done so much template work the last six months - i honestly don't remember.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:4268623
 7:58 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Call me stupid if you like but I still have not got a clue what you are on about?

Fotiman




msg:4268632
 8:05 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Neither do I. I don't see anything labeled "unanswered" anywhere.

LifeinAsia




msg:4268637
 8:09 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

I don't see anything labeled "unanswered" anywhere.

Here's a hint- look at the title of the thread again. :)

Fotiman




msg:4268648
 8:23 pm on Feb 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

Ah, ok. Now I get it. "Unanswered Posts" has changed to "open posts". I wish someone had just said that to begin with. Why is everyone so damn cryptic? :)

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:4268919
 9:27 am on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

I think they may be in the craft?

incrediBILL




msg:4269209
 8:34 pm on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

It's apparently a Jeopardy question and you need to be Watson to get the correct answer ;)

SevenCubed




msg:4269227
 8:55 pm on Feb 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

Who are Freemasons?

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:4269419
 10:58 am on Feb 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

They are the ones you get for nothing. :)

LifeinAsia




msg:4270142
 4:58 pm on Feb 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

They are the ones who are constantly demonstrating to try to get Mason out of jail.

youfoundjake




msg:4272030
 4:19 am on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

I would almost consider "unanswered posts" to be more of a correct wording. Technically, all the threads are "open" apart from the libraries, hot topics, and posts that have expired.
:)

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:4272169
 9:14 am on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

I agree, "open" tells me nothing, hence this discussion but perhaps the space was needed on the top line.

Brett_Tabke




msg:4272264
 1:15 pm on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Or perhaps the change was intended to get people to notice it and possibly click on it to help out answering more questions that are laying unaswered?

I appreciate and trust that when we so much as make a change of one word on the site - people will notice and contribute commentary.

What can we do to get people to notice there are a growing number of unanswered messages and get them to help out in answering them?

I mean come on - it is a 18 msg thread talking about a 1 word change and there are 30 orphan msgs over the last month currently on the active list?

We could use some help cleaning them up:

[webmasterworld.com...]

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:4272280
 1:54 pm on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

I think the problem is that the top menu is much too small. I forget that is there and seldom notice it unless I am looking for something.

If this is a concern why not place all unanswered posts at the top of each forum for a period of time or until someone does answer them?

Fotiman




msg:4272307
 2:43 pm on Feb 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

I agree that "open" is vague. There's nothing about it that makes me want to click on it. Now, if it read something more like "surprise me", I might be more likely to click on it. ;) But even so, then you're essentially trying to trick people into clicking on it in the hopes that they might decide to answer some orphan posts, which (to me) doesn't sound like a very solid approach. Also, anyone who might deliberately want to help out and answer some unanswered posts has to somehow guess that "open" means unanswered, so this actually makes it harder for those people.


What can we do to get people to notice there are a growing number of unanswered messages and get them to help out in answering them?

I agree with what BeeDeeDubbleU wrote. The menu is so small as to seem unimportant. Give some weight to the unanswered messages. I like BDDU's suggestion about giving them some focus at the top of each forum for a period of time. Or what about doing something like dedicating a small section of each forum to "feature" some of the unanswered threads? Another option might be to dedicate a small sidebar to showcase unanswered threads (though that would be a pretty significant change to the site layout, and would probably warrant some research and design work).

In any case, I don't think "open" really helps long term. Changing the link text may have created some short term buzz here, but I don't think you'll see long term gains from it.

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