Dear poster:

we don't actually have any issues with answering your doubts/questions or solving your problems, but it would be very time saving for us (problem solvers) if you could please mark your threads as solved when your problem has been solved, since, when you don't do that, we read the whole thread from the beginning to finally see that it has already been solved.

Thanks

Most of them can't even use code tags properly, despite water marks in edit windows, and sticky threads with titles like "new posters, read this first".

Still others seem to click on "solved" even when it isn't (I've just seen this scenario on the asm board).

Nor does marking it solved stop long dead threads from being resurrected by some "chippy" with some vague "me too" pith, again despite the warning that the thread has already been marked as "solved".

Most everyone else just abandons their thread just as soon as they have the answer (even when the answer was found on another board, or through their own efforts).

For me, threads a "self solved" by not being on the first two pages. If the OP doesn't keep it alive by adding new information, then it becomes solved by default in my book.

It just looks like lots of extra work for the mods, reading each post to see if the question has reached a conclusion.

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Well said.

that's why i try to encourage ppl to, at least for mercy, mark their threads as solved, since it causes HUGE wastes of time for us, since (me for example) tend to read the whole thread to be careful not to post a repeated hint or something like that, just to become aware in the end that the last post is from the thread starter saying "thanks, i found what i was looking for" or anything like that...

you can't imagine how annoying that is...

Just do "Mark forum as read" at the end of every visit.

If it doesn't get a new "envelope" (on your next visit) indicating that there are new messages, it doesn't get read again.

If it's fallen off the first page, it doesn't get read either.

Plus, when you read the thread, there's a handy "goto first unread" link so you can immediately start with the new information.

That essentially makes "solved" a non-issue for me, because I don't care whether the OP can be bothered to accurately update the solved status of the thread (most of them can't anyway).

>> Plus, when you read the thread, there's a handy "goto first unread" link so you can immediately start with the new information. That essentially makes "solved" a non-issue for me, because I don't care whether the OP can be bothered to accurately update the solved status of the thread (most of them can't anyway).

The problem is, maybe the problem the thread starter is looking for is not what the other posters respond, so, sometimes it comes really in handy to read the whole thread... even more when you haven't been posting in it from the beginning, you kinda lose the whole point if you don't read the thread from the beginning...

>> Just do "Mark forum as read" at the end of every visit.
the problem is, lets say you go to sleep, and there are new posts on this thread, you read the posts you missed to notice that in the last post there is a message saying "thank you very much"...

> you can't imagine how annoying that is...
You bet we do, we have been here long enough... ;-)

That was for the new ones... 'cause i know you do know... :D

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