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Old 22.04.2011, 18:44
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Thread summary pages.

There is no denying there is a gold mine of information in the EF threads.
I also think it is hard for new readers to actually get to the core thread that actually has the information the searcher is looking for. The search results can swamp you with hits and it can take ages to get through them all. So many times we read "I searched but could not find the answer..."

It would be nice to see a thread rounded off at the end with the core facts summarised at the end. That way, setting your thread display options would see this post at the top and save a lot of time mining for the tidbits of relevant facts. This is done to a degree with 'sticky' threads, but they are few and far between.

Obviously this will require extra work, but could perhaps be rewarded with extra rep by people or the mods for quality summaries ? Or maybe even have a ranking system akin to rep whereby thread summarisers could climb a ladder system.

Does anyone else think this may be a good idea, in terms of practicality and ease of implementation ? It would certainly increase the quality of the database and that of the Forum methinks. You could have a keyword "EFSummary" placed in the summary thread and that would return quite a unique relevant concise set of hits from the search engine.
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Old 22.04.2011, 19:03
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Re: Thread summary pages.

Had that very problem today. After getting flashed in a 50 zone I wanted to know what sort of fine to expect, took ages to find it and even then I don't know whether the info is still current.
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Old 22.04.2011, 19:06
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Re: Thread summary pages.

SUMMARY

Threads should have a summary at the end; might encourage people to drive slower.
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Old 22.04.2011, 19:37
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Re: Thread summary pages.

This is why I prefer links to official Sites rather than information which may, or may not, be true or up-to-date.

You 'll have to do your own translating, it's my day off today.
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Old 22.04.2011, 23:30
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Re: Thread summary pages.

At the bottom of every thread are Tags. These are supposed to summarise the thread's contents: or am I wrong? In other words the machinery is in place, just not used properly. Maybe they have to be defined on the first post.

You could experiment, and on the first (UTH post ) make a Tag = "Bananas" then you little monkey, you can leave the thread and search for "Bananas" You should be directed to this thread.
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Old 22.04.2011, 23:48
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Re: Thread summary pages.

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Had that very problem today. After getting flashed in a 50 zone I wanted to know what sort of fine to expect, took ages to find it and even then I don't know whether the info is still current.
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Old 22.04.2011, 23:49
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Re: Thread summary pages.

One of the basic problems is that EF is neither fish nor bird (German idiom - can't thiink of the English for it). Some people want information; some people look on it as a social site; and the two groups mix posts in the same Threads.

I've put lots of links to information sites or Threads into 'Multi-Stickies' at the top of the Forums. I've tried to write titles to those Stickies to encourage folk to look there. But the same old questions recur and helpful EFers reply which simply encourages every newcomer, seeing questions and answers, to do the same thing. Then, as the question has been asked before, we get a few funny or caustic remarks from older members; then a few defensive posts, then a bit of tit for tat bad repping or groans and the thread is way over the hill. How can one then write a synopsis of the 'facts' in it?

How can one persuade people to look to see if the question has already been asked, to add their question to a Thread on the same subject, to refrain from making irrelevant comments in an information Thread.

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