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should I close topic if my question got answered?

Karen Nelson
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Joined: Aug 19, 2005
Posts: 57
I noticed there is a little "close topic" option at the bottom of the screen. If I am the person that posted the topic, and my question got answered, should I close the topic? I'm sorry if I missed this somewhere in a FAQ, I have looked but didn't see anything.
Thanks, Karen.
Marilyn de Queiroz

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
Posts: 9058
You don't need to close the topic. I don't even know if you can. Usually if you just say something like, "Thanks, my question has been answered", the topic will sink out of sight within a short period of time.

We close topics very rarely around here, although the software closes a topic in the current forum if it is moved to a different forum (so we don't have duplicate open posts).

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Dave Lenton
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Joined: Jan 20, 2005
Posts: 1241
Maybe its a good idea to leave a topic open. Even after a question has been answered, someone else may come along with a better solution. This may not help the original poster, but it could help someone else with a similar problem who comes across the thread at a later date.

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Michael Ernest
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Joined: Oct 25, 2000
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There's also the chance someone may wish to 'bump' the topic to the top by adding a post.

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Gregg Bolinger
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The NewForumSoftware that we envision in some distant future has a feature request put in that when a topic has been answered successfully, there is a checkbox so that when you sumit the post saying "Thank you for all the wonderful help" your subject line will have [Resolved] preceeded onto it.

There are a few PHP boards that do this and I thought it was a dandy of an idea. You can also do this manually if you wish by editing your first post and putting [Resolved] in the subject line.

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Karen Nelson
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Joined: Aug 19, 2005
Posts: 57
Okay, in that case, thank you everyone for clearing this up for me -- Javaranch is an incredibly wonderful resource and I want to do right by you all...
I agree. Here's the link:
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