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kpmedia 12-30-2011 09:24 AM

Unanswered threads audit - current status
Starting in 2012, Site Staff will be routinely auditing old threads on The Digital FAQ forums, to answer and reply to old posts that may have been left unanswered (or with incomplete answers). All posts should always receive answers, even if that answer is an honest "I don't really know" (which generally comes with advice on how to research the topic more). Premium Members get first responses (few days max), Free Members on time-available basis (few weeks max).

Any post older than 60 days will receive a link to this thread, to understand why an answer was "given late". :thumb:

This forum is now 15= years old (established in 2002), and forum technology has changed quite a bit in that time. Since at least the beginning of 2011, Site Staff has had a queues/monitoring system in place, to monitor all new posts, which is how we're able to respond so quickly (or remove spam, if that be the case). Prior to that, we just had to look carefully, and that's obviously subjected to human error. In some cases, even the queues system had bugs until 2016, which led to missed reporting, and therefore we accidentally ignored posts/threads even as recently as 6 months ago.

A number of old threads also have lousy titles, like "Need help with this" instead of something useful. We've been editing these when found, but the audit should clean up 100% of the forum's threads. This will help current and new users alike, when searching on specific topics. The automatic URL redirection system will maintain proper linking to older threads.

It's hard to be an "FAQ" if answers are missing, or if the questions are not obvious.

As always, working to make this a better site for all of our clients, members and readers. :cool:


lordsmurf 02-01-2012 06:15 AM

I removed 150 flagged posts from the audit queue tonight. :D

There's only 162 left to go in the queue for January 2010 to January 2012 audits.
Then we can move into the 2008-2009 era.
Then 2006-2007.
And 2004-2005, to the start of the forum.
At least the eras get smaller the further you go back. 2011 was huge.

kpmedia 08-06-2012 11:28 PM

Cleared out about 100 more today, though most were more recent 2012 posts in need of follow-ups.

admin 01-31-2013 11:18 PM

JMP and I are auditing again.
I think it'll be done around the end of February? :)

lordsmurf 07-23-2013 07:54 AM

Because of my situation, the audit was delayed. I'm trying to start it again -- and hopefully finish!
Going through the pre-July 2013 queues now.

Thanks. :)

lordsmurf 07-21-2014 01:43 AM

Currently auditing Q1-Q2 2014. :congrats:

lordsmurf 07-25-2014 04:07 AM

All of Jan-July 2014 video, photo and computer topics have been audited. :congrats:

It was the longest audit queue -- almost 700 flagged post to check :eek: -- yet only took a week! :cool:

Now to start in on 2013 queue...

FYI: To anyone reading this, we're posting this in public so others know why the heck we're bumping old posts when we do. Plus it's nice to have a forum/site where the moderators are transparent about how things work. The audit is a summer ritual of ours, if you note the dates -- not planned, but it's turned out that way.

lordsmurf 08-26-2014 03:59 PM

The entire 2014 queue is zero'd out. :yahoo3:

I've marked 175 threads from 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010 to be checked.
Anything from 2009 or earlier will be checked for title compliance and zero replies only.

We're almost done!

lordsmurf 01-04-2015 04:41 AM

Currently auditing Q4 2014 posts. :)

lordsmurf 02-09-2018 03:24 PM

Time for annual audit again.

I've looked at 200+ threads in the past few days.

So any regular users here may notice some "old posts" getting replies. Again, that's so we don't leave any question unanswered. The OP of the thread may not benefit, but others reading it may.

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