It's been an unwritten rule that question topics, even those outside of Q&A, will be closed as soon as an answer is given. I propose that we rework this paradigm.
I got a PM from a worried member that such topic closures are premature; that the topic starter has no time to confirm their answer, and that it shuts down questions from other members who are blocked from posting in that topic and subsequently discouraged from posting their own question topics, knowing that they will be closed.
And I've certainly been guilty of closing topics like this, and can recognize the discouragement that results. As such, the forum staff would like to propose a new way of handling question topics. Here's how you can help with this change:
If you are starting a question topic:
- Follow your topic closely! Keep checking back in order to keep track of answers received.
- If your question has been answered and would like the topic closed, give the word, either by posting in the topic or by reporting it. Otherwise, we'll leave the topic open in case there are further questions from you or anyone else.
If you are following a question topic and are not the topic starter:
- Hold off on that Report button. We often get reports that a question has been answered before the topic starter has a chance to reply.
- If you see that the topic starter has requested closure, then go ahead and report. Otherwise, it's okay to let things be!
I think this is the first time I've ever told BZPower members not to report something. O_o
Basically, with approval from Black Six, we're attempting to extend the precedent in the Q&A forum to all question topics in all forums. If you are posting a question topic, remember to be active in it; if you are looking at one, keep the original poster's word in mind.
If you have questions, comments, concerns, congratulations, then please post in this topic. And no, this isn't the end of "Question answered, topic closed"; it's only going to be less hasty.