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How to get people who ask for advice to follow up

post #1 of 5
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This is aimed mostly at the register-ask-leave people in the skiing, ski gear, and boot guys forums. Often people get great advice, often there is conflicting advice mixed in, often people discuss situations that are common and others could gain from. What many threads are missing is not lack of good responses, but lack of follow up from the askers as to what advice they used and how it worked out .

 

Can we try to put this out there as a matter of etiquette and a way to make the forums more useful? Perhaps some way to flag a thread for the mods to send a standard PM to the thread starter to ask for follow up?

 

post #2 of 5

I think that's a great idea, as I've personally read many threads only to wonder what happened at the end.  However, having run forums before myself, I don't know of a way to do it that wouldn't be a huge pain for the mods without changing the whole forum structure.  PMing users to get them to close out their threads sounds like a lot of work.

 

Perhaps the best way would be to set that expectation when first giving advice?  Make it a rule of the forums, or have people start the initial response with "Welcome, we're happy to help, but under the condition that you tell us how our advice turned out"?

post #3 of 5
I'd think it would be fairly easy to make subscription to a thread an automatic part of starting one. Perhaps that would encourage follow-up participation.
post #4 of 5

I think Timobkg is on the right track.  If we simply try to get in the habit of ending advice with "Please let us know what you decided and how it worked out" that might make a difference.  Plus, once a pattern of follow-up is established, it will be self-reinforcing.

 

If there is a thread you were particularly curious about, wait awhile and then PM a follow question and an invitation to share.

post #5 of 5

Good ideas in the first two posts.

 

I am not privy to the stats, but I think many of use might be disappointed to see how often a person registers, asks a question and then never returns to the forum again, even to see the responses.  I have had a few chuckles when I see people posting responses to a thread that is months old where the OP still only has 1 post to his name.  Like http://www.epicski.com/t/12148/swallowtailed-ski   Of course, as TC said, others likely benefited.

 

I know that I have been guilty of this myself once or twice on computer related questions where I forgot where I had asked the question (and likely registered with an email that I don't check often)

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