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Jason Ferguson
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Joined: Aug 09, 2007
Posts: 58
I spent all morning writing what I considered a nice bit of Javascript to handle AJAX chained selectors (cascading select boxes, whatever you want to call them).

I thought to myself, "hey, I'd like to share this with others who need to write this, and if anyone can help me improve it, I'd love to hear it".

Instead I get the thread moved in with the spammers.

So, if this is what is going to happen, what reason would I have to participate in the forums?
fred rosenberger
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 11955

I didn't move your thread, nor do I know why it was moved. I haven't bothered to read it.

I do know that a post of "i was curious as to why my thread was moved" will get a much better response than "You guys suck for moving my thread" - which is how this reads to me.

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Ben Souther

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

For the record, spam posts don't go to Blatant Advertising (BA).
They go to the trash bin.

When I added pages to our CodeBarn, I made the announcement in BA. I do the same for my Servlets site.
Also, the person who moved your post, uses BA for announcing his own project..

Lastly, when we move things, unless they're really offensive, we leave a readonly copy in the original forum which means that you've got two copies of it on Javaranch (more exposure for your post).

Maybe you took the move to be more negative than it really was?
[ January 04, 2008: Message edited by: Ben Souther ]

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Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 63852

After some internal discussion, I've decided to move the post back (minus the snide followup). It closely straddles a line between a software announcement and a topic post, and arguments could be made either way.

You seemed to take umbrage with the fact that the post was moved to a forum that everyone else (myself included) uses to make such helpful contributions. I don't understand the outrage. Remember that the forum name "Blatant Advertising" is a good natured injection of humor along the lines of "Meaningless Drivel", not some empyrean slap in the face.

There's really no need for the indignation.

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Jason Ferguson
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Joined: Sep 16, 2007
Posts: 47
Well, of course I was upset. I put a bit of code up that I thought would be of use to coders out there, and it ends up in what I consider to bethe equivalent of a spam folder (people selling things, anyhow).
I did feel that to be a slap in the face. I took pride in that work I did, and a chained selector is a common AJAX problem that others might want to implement.
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 63852

Originally posted by Jay Ferguson:
and it ends up in what I consider to be the equivalent of a spam folder

As had been pointed out, your view of the BA forum was inaccurate. Spam is deleted out of hand. BA is a place not only for advertising java-related goods for sale, but for making free software and tools available. My own FrontMan (see sig) is an example. There was (and is) no reason to feel slighted. Your post was moved to the forum appropriate for sharing software.

The fact that your post asked for suggestions for improvement also made it sort of a question, and so it has been placed back into the original forum for that sort of discussion.

Your willingness to share your code and want to help others is laudable and very very welcome here on the Ranch. Just try not to be so thin-skinned before finding out what the norms of the forums are.
[ January 04, 2008: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
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