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topr8

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

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

how long has unanswered been open!

Brett_Tabke

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

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

topr8

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

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now that's a coy answer Mr Tabke!

BeeDeeDubbleU

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

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Que?

topr8

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

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

engine

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

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

Brett_Tabke

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

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

BeeDeeDubbleU

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

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

Fotiman

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

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

LifeinAsia

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

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

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

Fotiman

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

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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

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

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I think they may be in the craft?

incrediBILL

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

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

SevenCubed

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

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Who are Freemasons?

BeeDeeDubbleU

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

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They are the ones you get for nothing. :)

LifeinAsia

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

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

youfoundjake

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

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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

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

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

Brett_Tabke

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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.