How can i turn of the notifications of comments or replies to my Answers/Comments in the QA section. In my settings i deactivated the option "Send me an e-mail if someone replies to the message" under the Forums section. Still i get Emails for every reply (in the QA section).
50 - 60% of Questions asked in the forum is
- developers asking for the code from scratch
- dont know the basics of what they are doing
- bad grammar or english which makes impossible
to understand the question
- Sometime ask them to do their homework
- ask about project ideas
What can we do to improve teh quality of questions asked in the forum?
My intention is not to stop them, but to encourage them that their question will be definitely answered or a solution will be provided.
I like the article posting wizard where we end up creating better article,but I cant think of some way or format a question should be posted so that is mostly accurate. That's the reason I started a thread on it. So other members or moderators can come up with some easy way to post a complete question.
Over the last year (and before) there have been many posts here on this forum addressing the issue(s)/question(s) you raise, many suggestions, many ideas (several from this person).
I do wonder if you are referring to Q&A questions in your comments here, since I think many Forums, such as the C# Forum, are much more reactive, immediately, to the kinds of gimme-incomplete, and unanswerable-as-is, questions you describe.
If you respond enough on Q&A, you'll probably, without intending to, get familiar with certain "repeat offenders," and, depending on your rep level you can edit, or even delete, their questions ('deleting' is something I personally just can't bring myself to do).
In any case, whatever your rep level. You can add simple comments, specially if you sense the person is a newcomer, perhaps not a native English-speaker, etc. And, you can report the question, if it's abusive, etc.
You can ask the poster to tag his question: to post specific small excerpts of code that illustrate their specific problem, etc.
Or, you can tell them flat-out their question is inappropriate, can't be answered as is, or, suggest they search CP or Google for specific topics you think are relevant to what you guess they are trying to achieve, or dealing with.
The number of questions on Q&A dealing with C# and WinForms, that could be easily answered by a quick search of CP, continues to amaze me !
There's nothing wrong with telling a poster that their question reveals such a fundamental lack of understanding of whatever (C#, ASP.NET, WPF, etc.) that they really need to get a good book and go over the fundamentals.
I think this can be done in a way that doesn't seem like a put-down: I focus on C# WinForms questions, because: that's what I know best; and, I often will recommend a specific book depending on what the user is asking, in this type of case.
"Takuan Sōhō died in Edo (present-day Tokyo) in December of 1645. At the moment before his death, Takuan painted the Chinese character 'meng' ("dream"), laid down his brush and died."
We could try wiring QA questioners up to the mains, and provide a "shock" button to push every time we read a dumb question?
But the fact is that there are a lot of lazy, idle, and stupid people out there who would rather we did their work for them. We can't stop them, but we can discourage them by telling them why their question is not answerable.
Ideological Purity is no substitute for being able to stick your thumb down a pipe to stop the water