Hi everyone and Happy New Year to all!
I retired about two and a half years ago and mostly stopped participating in the forums (mostly ABAP). A few months ago I was asked by my former employer to go back to work under a casual contract. I did that and also started participating in the forums again. I think it's a good way to sharpen some pretty rusty skills.
Anyway, I've noticed a few things have changed while I was away:
To me, the most noticeable change is that moderation seems to have changed. In the past, a moderator would decide on his or her own whether a post should be locked. When locked, the moderator would generally add a reply indicating who locked it and why. Now it seems (and I can be entirely wrong here - let me know if I am) that when a member flags a post, it immediately disappears from view. I suppose that a moderator then makes the final decision whether to keep it hidden or not. But the problem is that the post and replies simply disappear with no further feedback. This was a bit annoying to me when I took part in a conversation about calculating the number of months and days between two dates. I realize that date questions are generally basic and ought to be locked, but the point I was making was that date calculations are not always simple when you include months) and you have to be careful about the order of operations. You can get two different answers. But then the discussion moved beyond that when I suggested some OOP methods that give a better chance of getting the answer you actually want. Then another poster disagreed with me saying that the methods I suggested didn't help. Fair enough, but then the discussion disappeared without warning.
I've also noticed that there seem to be a lot more basic questions allowed and that some posts offer promises of points. On the other hand there do seem to be more "good" questions.
Sorry - this seems more of a rant than a question.
But am I off base?
Welcome back, Rob! I do miss finding the locked threads with your "closing remarks" on them, but as Matt pointed out, the volume has increased a lot. Also I wonder if more offenders than usual were able to sneak in while many of our SCN vigilantes were on a holiday break?
I'd agree that moderation "tightness" differs by space (sometimes a lot), but ABAP is usually kept pretty clean thanks to Matt and others. By the way, did you read his blog?
Hi Rob, saw your name already earlier, but wasn't sure that it was you.
2 alerts make a discussion automatically hidden. 1 alert hides it only from certain views, e.g. from the content page of a user, but the discussion is still visible in your personal content stream and in the forums "recent activity" stream which is in the overview page of a forum.
If the moderator decides to reject the post, then it is gone from the surface, still the moderators of the space and the global moderator can see it.
The feedback is added in a note to the rejection and is sent to the poster and to the person who alerted the moderator, not to the participants.
Locked questions still appear in the searches and annoy the real searchers on their way to the good answers. I personally only lock if the people ignore earlier rejections and re-post the basis questions.
When browsing some "old users" content I realize that a question posted today has about 2 to 3 times more views than questions posted a few years ago. And similar it is with number of posts, and the answers are coming quicker than ever. Almost impossible to reject a basic question before the first reply was added. And almost impossible to read all questions to see such point offers and removing it, that requires a full time job.