Forum Etiquette: Blanking Threads

Discussion in 'Community Feedback and Suggestions' started by foncused, Jul 29, 2018.

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  1. foncused

    Moderator Patron

    Just a quick note here touching on what should be proper forum etiquette...

    Lately, I have noticed quite a few threads being edited to "Solved" or "Issue Resolved" (or similar) before being locked by the OP. This is not against the rules, but doing so introduces a few consequences from a communal point of view:
    • It confuses future users when they find threads with lots of responses, but lacking a question or topic
    • It results in a reduction of archived knowledge / useful information
    • It detaches from the purpose of a forum, to seek or provide assistance
    The better option would be to simply mark the thread as "Solved" and lock it, assuming the issue outlined in the thread has been resolved. That way, if another user ever has the same issue, they may stumble upon the already existing thread to find their solution instantly.
    • To mark a thread as solved, just change its prefix to "Solved" as seen here:

    Thank you,
    #1 foncused, Jul 29, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2018
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  2. md_5

    Administrator Developer

    This is now a rule - 1 week bans will be issued for blanked threads.
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  3. foncused

    Moderator Patron

    Reminder that this should not only apply to posts, but titles as well. Editing a thread title to "Solved" (or similar) while leaving the posts intact adversely affects the ability for other users to search for solutions.

    The thread prefix is there for a reason, and its use should be encouraged.
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