Forum training seminar

Loadsa new folks are requesting forum features that the forum already features. Is @discobot laying down on the job?

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Hi! To find out what I can do, say @discobot display help.

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And many seeming to ignore ‘your post is similar to’ notifications.

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“It’s similar to but still this one’s all about ME!”

—Me, ignoring those messages, probably.

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I’d write a Forum 101, but unless it was pinned, it would just be buried under the avalanche of ATTENTION: I’VE HAD A THOUGHT posts. Sigh.

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Plus reading? Pfft who has time for that!

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@discobot is friend to all forum members!

:+1:

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In fairness, the one topic I have created all by myself provided me with a list of ‘your post is similar to’ threads that were completely unrelated :man_shrugging:

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Oh yeah, that’s the best! (I think that tool needs some ah, refinement, to be polite)
However, it does get ignored- too many are coming in in haste or not even thinking that they are not the first with certain questions; looking as if haven’t paid any attention to, or care to, updates, threads, emails, notices, and the other dozen times the question has been asked/answered. Ain’t got time to read, got time to type and complain. (Not a 100% for sure, but there’s a tipping point) Some may say ‘business as usual’ on the internet. I say, be better.

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This is not an easy thing to do for a freeform forum like this. It works better in technical domains where the prevalence of certain terms in the body as well as topic header is a strong indicator, and where messages are tightly focused.

I would expect most things to be “similar” to the Secret Lounge thread for example because over 2000 entries of random nonsense are gonna match something.