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Moving Forum post to Answers- Flagging

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Noticed that Forum posts can only be flagged {Inappropriate, Incomplete , Spam} but not "Wrong Category".

Would be nice to have the "Wrong Category" option also.  There are forum posts that should be in the Answers section, not bumping discussions down in the Forums.

Could this be possible as a future site update?

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southbaysue (author)2010-11-22


Now I'm confused...

I think a 'flag-for-different-reason' option would be awesome - sometimes there's bunk, which needs to be removed, but sometimes there are discussions going on and I just want to read about the specific ible.

That being said, though, I have no idea if I'm supposed to be typing THIS HERE. I'm new and I don't want to piss anyone off - there are some mensa-types fer sher and they can probably find out where I live...

So, if I'm adding my comment to someone's feedback, that's what this is, But what if it turns into a discussion?

aw...now i have a headache...

kelseymh (author)southbaysue2010-11-22

I think that's what CrLz was talking about. He chose the direction of moving a forum topic that's more appropriate as a Question, but if you read some of the discussion below, we also raised the issue of people who write Questions which are better suited as Forum Topics.

There is currently no mechanism to alert Staff ("flagging") to either of those cases, which is why CrLz wrote this topic, suggesting that it be created.

CrLz (author)kelseymh2010-11-22
What kelseymh suggests is correct.  It would be good to flag forum posts- which should be answer posts, AND it would be good to flag answer posts that should be in the forums.

Within the forums, some posts are project specific queries.  Some users post a question in the forums to illicit more feedback/higher quality advice.  Not the spirit discussion forums. For example,


In the answer section, some posts are discussions, and some posts evolve into lively discussions. For example,
Notifying the editors of both would help improve both sections.  Creating a flag/tool would crowdsource the work, leveraging the membership's potential.  A collective of DIY enthusiasts should produce high quality crowdsourcing results.

Given tools, we will hack it, improve it and share it...
steveastrouk (author)2010-10-29

Can we have a wrong answer option too ?

CrLz (author)steveastrouk2010-10-29

What do you have in mind for the meaning?
-Moving answers to Forums (the inverse)
-Flagging incorrect answers within the answer section (just reply)
-Poor questions and should be scrubbed
-?

steveastrouk (author)CrLz2010-10-30

The latter; poor questions, that cannot be answered, and wrong answers, possibly safety related that should be deleted from the record.

CrLz (author)steveastrouk2010-10-31

Would be a nice refinement of the "inappropriate" flag.

kelseymh (author)2010-10-27

By the way, I've moved this from Bugs to Feedback. You're not reporting a bug, rather you're requesting a new feature :-)

CrLz (author)kelseymh2010-10-27

Yeah, I ... err ... didn't quite know where this should go... ;)

kelseymh (author)CrLz2010-10-27

Well, at least you didn't post it as a Question :-/

kelseymh (author)2010-10-27

There is no "Wrong Category" flag anywhere, not on Forums, and not on Answers (Questions :-), either. The "Inappropriate" flag can be used for that purpose.

However, since the flagging system does not provide users with any way to explain to Robot/Randy/Staff why something was flagged, you may not get the result you intended.

CrLz (author)kelseymh2010-10-27

Exactly! why I'm suggesting as a possible upgrade.

You can flag Instructables as "Wrong Category". Flagging "Inappropriate" is a bit harsh, when the objective is to get the post moved out of the discussion Forums and in to the Answers posts.

Would be nice to have that flag available, as you mention, to facilitate the move.

Seems like some questions are being asked in the Forums, probably as a end-run to better responses. Would be nice to keep the two sections more separate.

kelseymh (author)CrLz2010-10-27

The confusion goes both ways. A number of users, both newbie and otherwise, have been posting "discussion questions" in Answers which are much better suited to be regular forum topics.

CrLz (author)kelseymh2010-10-27

Exactly.