A most eloquent, and thorough, analysis, thanks ! I consider your words in this message a virtual "tutorial" on the dynamics of article and tip/trick content, authorship, and quality, on CP. I hope elements of what you said, that, potentially, could be of value to authors, will be inserted into the CP author's guide
My comment was not focused on articles, and tips/tricks; rather, I was expressing concern about some rarer, truly great technical content that appears in the Lounge, and in comments on articles, and tips/tricks, even in certain QA answers: content, I feel, now, gets "lost."
However, I can also see that you could make a powerful argument that by using the search facility expertly, and filtering by rating, etc. that if you are after a specific topic, you have everything you need.
Perhaps what I am wishing for is kind of multiple "halls of fame:" an equivalent, in some way, to "pinned" messages on a forum ? ... but that's as far as I get with the idea.
You need to vote. Everyone needs to vote. Both up and down as appropriate. And, where appropriate, report.
It's only through voting and reporting that the top articles rise to the surface and the bottom...go to a place where only Google and those who can eek out a gem of wisdom from a potentially underperforming article will see it.
This weeks news letter had an article titled "WPF-Drawing Canvas Control". It looked interesting so when I had time on another machine I opened Code Project and tried search - tried Drawing Canvas - Nothing tried Drawing Canvas Control - Nothing tried WPF Drawing Canvas Control - Nothing tried WPF-Drawing Canvas Control - Still Nothing So I gave up on searching in Code Project and went to Google tried Drawing Canvas Code Project - - - Bingo! It would be nice to see the search engine in Code Project improved just a little bit. This example is just a sample of my frustration trying to find articles with the internal search within code project. Can it be improved?
Search for "Drawing Canvas wpf", set search filter to "articles" (the blogs and tip/tricks add noise), and set the date to Last Month and you'll get 3 results and the one you want is at #2. Not bad I thought.
Chris : Maybe if you automatically moved newer/more-viewed articles to the top, then the results would be similar to Google.
I can't bookmark this article (something which I have done for a number of other articles). Also the Icon to bookmark isn't appearing (neither are the other two). A box and broken graphic place holder appears in each position (with the bookmark being different -- perhaps due to the number of times I have clicked-on it).
I have checked My Bookmarks but do not see this link show-up!
Assume you click on "View the # replies to this message" link:
The faint horizontal gray bar that separates messages appears below the title of the response (bold, left justified) and the name of the author of the response, and time stamp (default text weight) to the right
This, visually, gives the disturbing impression that the title/respondent/time-stamp content line is part of the post above it.
Clearly, the horizontal bar should be above the title/respondent/time-stamp line.
I think I may have mentioned before that when you click the "View All Threads," from a view where you have expanded the responses, you are returned to the top of the "collapsed" page, which means that you have essentially "lost track" of how far down you had scrolled in the page in collapsed view.
Is there a technical reason why expanding the responses to a post, and then restoring the "all threads" view, cannot return you to the "collapsed" page scrolled down to its former position ?
This aspect (returning you to the top) is particularly annoying when you view comments on a long article, and expand them, and then restore the "all thread" view.