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Just wondering what's going on in Moderation :-?

@krisrodriguez after having taken a few months of a “hiatus” I hope to get back into normal things. iFixit being one of those normal activities. I’ve noticed that you had downvoted plenty of answers (really old ones too ;-) and was just wondering what the reason behind that might be. Of course, could be none of my business and that is okay as well. Maybe you are trying some new approach to something on here and we could possibly be of some help with that. Again, just being nosey.

BTW welcome to iFixit and Thank You for your service!

@ambertaus seems like @krisrodriguez has not yet been set up for the super duper paging system :-)

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I think I did it for a few egregiously bad answers just to knock it down a bit, but if I do it then it's so bad I had to jump in and put a better answer in, and downvote the bad ones.

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Hi @oldturkey03 ,

Same with this Ifixit admin? user

Seems to be voting down a lot of old questions that appear to be OK.

BTW Glad to see that you're still OK- stay safe

Cheers

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Hi @oldturkey03, Thank you for reaching out and for the warm welcome:)

It’s good to have you back in the fold as well to help us along. Our biggest reason for the downvoted answers is to improve our users' experience. As right-to-repair gains more traction and website traffic increases, we want to make sure that a huge backlog of unhelpful Answers posts aren’t deterring users from our forum. Our criteria for downvoting or deleting content ranges from quality of questions and solutions to the age of devices. These downvotes/deletions are not a comment on the author (criticizing their question) but instead it’s to help improve what is and isn’t indexed on our site. Ultimately, what you’re seeing are the beginning stages of organizing the Answers forum to better serve our growing community and improve our online presence.


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Hopefully I don't get hit too hard :S. If it's that bad and gets hit I'm just straight up deleting it

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@krisrodriguez I figured you guys were up to something and I think it's a great idea. I like the idea of separating and classifying the useful from the useless. It can get confusing for those that are looking for meaningful answers. Let us know if you need some help with that so we can maybe do this realtime vs having to work on stuff that is a decade old.

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@oldturkey03 Thanks for the offer! I'll look at this suggestion and let you know if we come up with anything.

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@amber If something is so bad it should go, @ me here and link it so I can take a look at it. There are limitations but I'm willing to let a few go.

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@nick The bulk of things that are going are posts that haven't been interacted with in any way for 5+ years and there are tons of duplicates. These duplicates make it harder for users to find a reliable answer–they'll be wading through the weeds to find the one good answer. :)

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Thanks for the support on this! I wanted to add some thoughts here in response to @oldturkey03’s offer to help with this in real time–not having to do this again in 10 years would be great. In general, you’re all already doing a lot now that wasn’t done before in regards to just patrolling the posts. A few guidelines to follow are:

  • downvoting ‘bad’ / unanswerable questions
  • helping to update / edit titles (improve searches)
  • helping to update / edit listed devices and model numbers
  • merging similar answer posts
  • identifying common issues—giving us the chance to directly solve these in a blog post/guide/troubleshooting wiki (you can share these with a meta post and I’ll pass them along.)

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@danj @mayer @jayeff @pollytintop @nick @aactech @oscarsp lady and gentlemen we got some work to do.....:-)

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Hi @oldturkey03 ,

Good to hear from you. Yes the congestion does maken it hard to find the good answers.

The ones that bug me the most are "Comments" posted as "Answers".

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@aactech I hear you loud and clear. Some of those "100's" of answers are just comments or even worse, questions that could have been answered but get missed. Use your voting powers and mark those so that the mods can "take'em out" and clean it up. We only got 180somethousand to go :-))

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@oldturkey03 - I've been already correcting the classifications and question titles for a while.

Doing a bit of soft editing as well, pulling out the dead white space, breaking large text blobs into paragraphs. Hitting typo's and spelling errors some sentence structure so its more readable without altering the question or answers.

I've combined like answers under one common answer as I was not brave enough to toss out peoples efforts.

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@danj totally agree with combining like answers to comments. I get rid of the "me too" and the questions if they are older than a few months. I do not edit the content since I feel it gives answers/questions/comments character :-)

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oldturkey03 will be eternally grateful.
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