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    Auto-response

    We should definitely consider a bot that auto responds to any post contained "homework" and not containing CODE tags with a link to the homework policy. There used to be a time, where I had to figure that the post was homework they weren't doing, now they're so brash that they straight out tell you it's homework.
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    >We should definitely consider a bot that auto responds to any post
    >contained "homework" and not containing CODE tags with a link to the homework policy.
    There would be too many false positives. It's better to let the community police itself.
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    My intentions are purely for the community. We waste too much time shuffling through the trash to get to the good posts. Some of which go by completely unnoticed. While my examples would clearly bring tons of false positives, I'm sure there is a simple implementation that could be nearly fullproof. In any event, I don't expect this to happen, even if it could work, which it may not be able to. I'm just in a pipe dream.
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    While we're pipe-dreaming, this bot should also auto-respond to every first poster and every poster that hasn't posted in a month with a link to the FAQ (just in case they didn't read it or forgot it).
    If I did your homework for you, then you might pass your class without learning how to write a program like this. Then you might graduate and get your degree without learning how to write a program like this. You might become a professional programmer without knowing how to write a program like this. Someday you might work on a project with me without knowing how to write a program like this. Then I would have to do you serious bodily harm. - Jack Klein

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    > We waste too much time shuffling through the trash
    I guess one way to fix that is to stop. My understanding though is that the dedicated people here have big hearts and don't want to ignore people. The biggest reason we get frustrated though is that we can only help one person at a time, and we can't demonstrate our example to the world so that we never again need to explain or guess "please use code tags", "don't use gets", "what is your compiler / OS?", "what are you doing and why?", etc.

    I'm sure you realise that. We all need to cope better when considering the futility of what we're doing I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizen
    we can't demonstrate our example to the world so that we never again need to explain or guess "please use code tags", "don't use gets", "what is your compiler / OS?", "what are you doing and why?", etc.
    I could have sworn that's what the FAQ was for. Well, that plus a link to How To Ask Questions The Smart Way. I fully support any moderator that closes a thread with the single reply "Read the FAQ, ask a smart question, and try again".
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    Imagine the world where this happens without anyone telling them to, and the mods wouldn't have to paste the same links forever.

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    >Imagine the world where this happens without anyone telling them to
    Wisdom and experience are one in the same. It's asking too much for newbies to figure out how the world works without making any mistakes. Besides, the ones who don't learn typically don't stay for long, and there are not a few people who started out making posting mistakes but ended up being valuable members of the community. I'm willing to suffer a few idiots for every friend I make.
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    It would be better if the management at least put back the JS which checked a post on submission. It has a rather good heuristic for detecting posts which contain code and prompting the user to use the code tags before submitting.

    Very few posts got through without code tags prior to the update of the board.

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    It would be nice if when one was registering they specified all OS and Compilers they were using, than on the LHS of their post, it displayed it, or if it was automatically in someone's sig.

    >> Sign the petition!!!
    >> Please restore the code tag checking script
    Done!!

    >> While we're pipe-dreaming, this bot should also auto-respond to every first poster and every poster that hasn't posted in a month with a link to the FAQ (just in case they didn't read it or forgot it).
    That's a right good idea! But I think it should only be for first time users, if I was away from a computer, I'd get kinda annoyed if I got lots of messages regarding the FAQ. But I can understand why someone should take look at it every now and then - I was half ways through blessing swoopy for this post ( how do i duplicate this in c++ ), cause of the clrscr() function, and begging the Mods or whoever to put it in the FAQ, when I checked it and saw that it was already there. If the FAQ link be bolded when something new is put there, it would be good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twomers
    If the FAQ link be bolded when something new is put there, it would be good.
    Heh, I have a feeling that it would go unnoticed, just like Announcements are. On the other hand, if all the FAQ's were posted in the FAQ board and the FAQ board was updated instead of the site FAQ, you could subscribe to the forum to see when new FAQ's were added. A helpful sticky on the FAQ board would be a "table of contents" or "posts by subject matter" post.
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    I think there should be a link to the FAQ on the top of every forum. I know there is one already on the page. It would be clearer though if it was like a stickey (for me anyway).

    I do think your idea is better, it would require a lot of work, but better, pianorain. (Congrads on your 1000th)

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    My understanding though is that the dedicated people here have big hearts and don't want to ignore people.
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    Don't let that get out or we are all ruined. We are trying to show everyone that we are mean and hard-core uber elitists.


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    Quoting Kermi3 - 'The message boards can be an unfriendly place...', etc.

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    And they can. I have my share of unfriendly behavior, as many others do to. Some days are just...like that. Thank goodness for that, actually. It would be boring if we were all perfect gentleman. Sometimes it feels good to come down crashing on someone being an arse. Other times if feels good being an arse ourselves. Most of the times though everything comes down to misconceptions of what the poster meant or how his disposition was when he wrote something.

    But even if it was debatable that people here are mostly friendly (I personally think they are), it is definitely a fact they are helpful. And that is really what matters most.
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