ldonahue

Thread hijacking

Discussion created by ldonahue on Sep 4, 2010
Latest reply on Sep 7, 2010 by jbarry-esristaff
Why do all ESRI forums it seems, encourage thread hijacking?  This has been going on for years.  I was hoping to see this change in the new forums.  Is it not that important?

Here is an example:  http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/12318-SQL-Spatial-Type-vs.-ArcSDE-Performance

How would anyone ever find the answer to kreuzrsk's question when it and the answer is buried in ksandy's question about SDE performance?  A valid question by kreuzrsk, but it has nothing to do with ksandy's question.  Post a new thread .  If someone has a question, just let the OP (original poster) and anyone who wishes to reply have their thread.

I'm not sure why the option even exists to change the thread name at all in a reply
Look how many subject lines there are here:  http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/2103-Who-wants-the-old-forums-back  If you had searched for an answer to your question, and your results listed your search terms with a bunch of these various subject lines, would you bother clicking on any of them?  It's very confusing.  It seems as though the reason for the ability to change the subject line is to group the hijacked parts of the original thread together.  We shouldn't encourage this.

I realize other people want to chime in with similar issues, but if other people have "similar" issues and they are not answering the OP's question, they should post a new thread.  It is really that easy.  It helps people who are looking for an answer to their question find it.

Can't there be a sticky to inform and education about this kind of behavior?

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