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Thread: Post Archiving/FAQs

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    Question Post Archiving/FAQs

    OK. Here's an idea.

    At the RX-7 Forum, we have an area reserved for archiving useful posts. Only admins and mods can post there. The idea is that people use the "rate topic" function to flag useful and informative posts, and then the admins/mods move the posts into the Archive area. The posts are moved a week or so after the conversation on the topic stops, so people will not be inturrupted.

    The end result is that there is a forum area full of useful FAQ type info....

    Anyone else think this is a good idea?
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    Sounds like a good idea but what happens if you want to post on the archived thread. Will it then be "un"archived and moved back under the correct topic? By using the search feature, I can find good threads that contain information and then bring up another question really easily, if I have one.

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    Topics would only be archived after they have run their course...ie...I would wait a few weeks after the last post to move it up to the archive. The archive would not allow regular users to respond, only mods/admins.
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    Then NO I wouldn't like that featuer because you wouldn't be able to repost on a good thread.

    MY SUGGESTION:
    What if we rank threads and the highest ranked will be linked at the bottom of the FAQ, as a good place to look for more information. But you will still be able to post on them on the board.

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    Originally posted by CALIBOY
    What if we rank threads and the highest ranked will be linked at the bottom of the FAQ, as a good place to look for more information.
    Sounds good, but with so many threads dealing with potential FAQ info, it would be impossible to add links for every one.

    I definately suggest a traditional faq, which has a link somewhere in the header of this board, so people can easily get to it.
    Definately add a search/list mechanism that returns all threads with votes. We do a good job of keeping subject lines on topic, and messages don't tend to stray from that, so I think it would be useful.
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    Originally posted by CALIBOY
    Then NO I wouldn't like that featuer because you wouldn't be able to repost on a good thread.
    The idea is that the topics would be long dead by the time they are archived...As in, no posts for several weeks.
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    Originally posted by CALIBOY
    MY SUGGESTION:
    What if we rank threads and the highest ranked will be linked at the bottom of the FAQ, as a good place to look for more information. But you will still be able to post on them on the board.
    I might be able to do that. I looked at a copy of vbulletin and the sql needed looks to be easy. I'd also be another page because of A. Length and B. easier since i'll prolly write it in php

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    Generally I think itīs a good idea, but I also think that everything that is essential eg. PSU or LCD has already been said. Perhaps one should try to put all posts together in order to create a new FAQ. Itīs very hard for a newbie to read all posts concerning one topic.
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    I honestly think that a real comprehensive FAQ with step by step instructions and clear descriptions is the only answer to these problem. This also includes having links to products (if needed) and pictures. It might take sometime to get something like that together, but it will be greatly appreciated and will save alot of people the cumbersome task of searching the forum and the admins the hassle of yelling "use the search button" all the time.

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