Following a discussion on another member´s numerous questions I came up with this idea, that I would like to share with the community: it would be convenient to have some upper limit to the number of questions that we can ask, and this limit could be evolving for each individual member depending on his own reputation. For instance, new members could start with a total allowance of questions (say fifteen or twenty maximum) and then as you have improvements in your reputation, based on your answers and questions, your limits might grow proportionally. This could make all of us (including, of course myself!) more careful in terms of asking a new question, ultimately helping to improve the quality of Paleohacks. What do you think?
I'd say the number of questions is less important than the quality. If someone's particularly good at thinking up good questions that haven't been asked yet, you don't want to limit him. On the other hand, I've been here for two months and haven't asked a question yet, because everything I think of has been asked already. Is the problem really too many questions, or questions being repeated by people who didn't search first?
I completely disagree with this question, and here is why.
This is a place where like-minded people can gather information, source products, harvest new ideas, share personal experiences, and much more. I have gained more from this website in the past year than any other website. I have achieved this through asking "dumb" or "too many" quesitons early on, and then being conditioned (through positive or negative forum feedback) to better think my questions, or the intent of my quesiton etc. This has also allowed me to fine to my critical thinking skills, to force myself to really figure out what it is I want to do with my nutrition, lifestyle, etc..
This is a place where we come to learn. To censor that, or limit that, is flat out wrong in my opinion.
If a handfull of people are bothered by the amount of questions that are asked by a select few, then
a) don't answer them,
b) answer the question more thoroughly.
From my own experience, the people who took the time to sit down and explain their answers, in detail, changed HOW I look at things. This is more important than just the information itself. It is the application of the information AND WHY that really allowed me to grasp it all. In this model you learn what to really value (less wiggle room with choices) and what falls within the spectrum of optimalization. For me, this made Paleo compliance effortless and much more pleasant.
While that sounds like a good idea, it might not be great for a newbie who hasn't learned much yet and can't answer many of the questions. If they had 15 or 20 though, that would probably be enough for them to get a feel for paleo and start answering. So it could potentially be good, but it also might be too complicated for what it is. If Patrik wants to do it, I'm sure it would work, but the effort required might be more than the result is worth.
I guess I'm just not sure how much it would really improve paleohacks. There seems to be only one user who would be affected by this...
I'm just a newbie but I do appreciate the assistance I get from everyone here every day of every minute. I personally TRY to find the answers to my questions but really its all very new and can get very complex and I get more confused the more I read. So if I'm limited because I'm a newbie I'd feel less welcome or tolerated for asking such questions.
And there is NO WAY that you've all asked every possible question and given every possible answer, at least from a newbies perspective; I'm learning so much from all of you and I hope that there might still be more for you all to learn from each other as well. I really do want to make a conscience effort to reply when I have an answer or comment, different perspectives give more insight.
THIS FORUM AND YOU ALL ARE AWESOME; don't punish the masses for what sounds like it is one person's abuse/overuse?
It seems to me that the current system works fairly well, it just has trouble effectively dealing with the odd outlier. So, being more technologically ignorant than the average genuine caveman, I can't help but wonder:
Would it be at all possible to have some sort of automated flagging system?
For example, if someone posts x number of questions in y number of days (which receive z number of votes), or has a ratio of x:y of questions asked:answered e.t.c. then maybe they could be sent an automated alert - a sort of dude chill the hell out/cease and desist forthwith (I'm sure Patrik can figure out the exact wording).
If they ignore this and carry on, then maybe certain account/posting privileges could be temporarily suspended. The more times that people are flagged, and the more times that they ignore the warning messages, the steeper the punishment should be, until serious trolls would end up perma-banned.
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