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Let's try to keep this forum useful for everyone!

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:54 am
by little joey
I think a forum is most useful if you find what you want in the fastest possible way. So I propose to follow the rules given by the admins for this forum: Just one topic for every problem, with both the problem number and the title in the subject line.

I edited the thread titles posted so far, and locked some duplicate threads. Let's try to keep this forum 'clean': not 20-30 threads for one problem, titles like '12345 HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP', etc.

Let me know what you think.

NB. I propose this for this forum (Volume CXI) only, because it is relatively new; most of the older forums are pretty cluttered up already, and it is getting quite difficult to find anything in them.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:58 am
by sclo
I totally agree with that, I'm extremely frustrated by some of the older forums. It's much too difficult to find anything.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:18 am
by Ivan
I do personaly believe that any attempt to go aginst the laws of nature (e.g. the second
law of thermodynamics) is doomed to fail...

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:19 pm
by FAQ
I hope the Search engine can work better :( There are some strange topics when I use Search I don't see them, but when I look for by ..my eyes, I found them

btw: just a small suggestion, you can avoid it: The title of each topic should have a common form likes "[problem id] [problem name]" nothing more (likes : I need inputs, I need helps..., they can write it in the message body inside) It's easier when someone tried to search both by ids and by names

I guess the admins will kill me to see this suggestion :)

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 1:36 pm
by shahriar_manzoor
How about a drop down menu in the subject rather than allowing to make a subject in the volume forums so that users can only select problem number and title as subject. I actually have no idea whether it is possible to give such options with phpbb forums. Ofcourse other words and chitchat can have customizable subjects :).

OR

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:30 pm
by shahriar_manzoor
Or a more easier suggestion: how about only allow the moderators to create new topics. Normal users will just be able to reply. So when 10 new problems will be added moderators will create 10 new threads to discuss those problems. And the problems themselves can have a link to this thread. Some other online judges have this facility. This will make the job of Little Joey much easier (inspecting the threads) :).

Re: OR

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:30 pm
by vinay
shahriar_manzoor wrote:Or a more easier suggestion: how about only allow the moderators to create new topics. Normal users will just be able to reply. So when 10 new problems will be added moderators will create 10 new threads to discuss those problems. And the problems themselves can have a link to this thread. Some other online judges have this facility. This will make the job of Little Joey much easier (inspecting the threads) :).

i totally agree with this approach , rather than locking the threads in between...
coz it breaks the continuity of talk going on betwen ppl when they come to know that they can't answer the questions asked or continue with the ideas going on in the thread... as the thread is locked.. 8)

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:38 pm
by Darko
Well, in the perfect world, new (and only) thread would be automatically created when a problem is added to the archive. I guess they could leave Algorithm, Other words and language forums open to everyone (the Other words serving as a "general" forum, General seems to be there as a spam filter only - I don't know if it is intentional, but it works).

I understand that "new and improved" judge will be easier to work with, but it is so far just a vaporware.

hmm

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:46 pm
by shahriar_manzoor
I also suggest to keeping other words and chitchat forums open.

But to prevent people from using that as problem specific threads "Please Help! 10743" I would suggest general and other words forum to be kept out of the "newpost query". When people need to see the general query they will just browse those forums.

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:55 pm
by Emilio
I agree with Shahriar. I think the best choice is create automatically the threads, and keep some "free" forums.

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:24 am
by A1
I guess forcing people to post every request in a single thread will not be a good idea! For example take this scenario where in a thread person A, B, and C is discussing some thing and in the middle of that discussion person D ask for help, as the previous discussion is not over so person A, B, or C will ignor D's post and will continue their previous discussion and thus D will never get help!!
So my suggestion to keep things more simple and easy to find is : Make forums for every single contest(offcourse under a specific volume) and title of those froums could be like this : [problem 100-110 date : xx:xx:xxxx], which means : on date xx:xx;xxxx there was a constest of 11* problems and every thing about these problems should be discuss here.


*Edit: :oops:

Posted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 11:35 am
by sohel
I like your idea.

Code: Select all

problem 100-110 date : xx:xx:xxxx
One simple correction :: There are actually 11 problems from 100 to 110. :D

Divide the forum

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:47 pm
by snar
I think it would be fine, if we divide every volume (say starting from CXII) in 100 sections for every problem, then divide these sections in a few parts(for example WA, TLE). So, if somone have an error ERROR on problem PROBLEM, he must read the section PROBLEM->ERROR, and if that doesn't help, then he can post his question in that section.

What do you think about that?

Re: Divide the forum

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:39 am
by Khaled_912
snar wrote:I think it would be fine, if we divide every volume (say starting from CXII) in 100 sections for every problem, then divide these sections in a few parts(for example WA, TLE). So, if somone have an error ERROR on problem PROBLEM, he must read the section PROBLEM->ERROR, and if that doesn't help, then he can post his question in that section.

What do you think about that?
This isn't the best idea. You'll get many posts for the same problem, in addition, threads mainly discuss the approach. Using an incorrect approach might cause a TLE or a WA, so the same thread will be usefull for both.