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really, it is sour to see same stuff again and again and sometimes the same question appears few hours ago. One thing I realize is, there should be some mechanism to tell the poster of question just after typing that these are similar questions posted earlier. If that does not satisfy the originator, then it should be allowed to post it. Maybe, making such a piece of software is not less than text mining. but it will really be smart.
 
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Rahul.p Kumar wrote:really, it is sour to see same stuff again and again and sometimes the same question appears few hours ago. One thing I realize is, there should be some mechanism to tell the poster of question just after typing that these are similar questions posted earlier. If that does not satisfy the originator, then it should be allowed to post it. Maybe, making such a piece of software is not less than text mining. but it will really be smart.


Yeep just saw the previous post by someone else...Though I do not understand the explanation....

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Rahul.p Kumar wrote:really, it is sour to see same stuff again and again . . .
I disagree. It might be better for the new poster to add a new question to an old thread, but people are free to start new threads if they didn't understand the previous explanation. What we don't like is the same person starting two threads on the same topic.
It might have been useful, however, Swagato Bhatta, to say "I didn't understand this thread."

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what about my idea of offering similar questions to the originator?
 
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Rahul.p Kumar wrote:what about my idea of offering similar questions to the originator?
I wrote:. . . better for the new poster to add a new question to an old thread . . .
Moving the part about questions to our Ranch Office forum.

Please continue discussion about copy constructors and Strings here, where all the deleted text should still appear.


Eek! I have managed to lose the text from the Beginning thread. Sorry. I don't know how to retrieve it, but shall ask one of the sheriffs whether they can help. Sorry.
 
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Jaikiran Pai (thank you very much ) told me how to restore corrections; the text missing from the Beginning Java thread which this discussion started off in has now been replaced.
 
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Rahul.p Kumar wrote:really, it is sour to see same stuff again and again and sometimes the same question appears few hours ago. One thing I realize is, there should be some mechanism to tell the poster of question just after typing that these are similar questions posted earlier. If that does not satisfy the originator, then it should be allowed to post it. Maybe, making such a piece of software is not less than text mining. but it will really be smart.


I highly doubt that an automated system will work here. Just do a search. And you will see that almost anything will yield some hits -- one of the benefits of having a popular site. It would be really annoying to have the system challenge you, everytime you posted a new topic.

On the other hand, I agree with the premise. There does seem to be a few topics that could have been avoided, if the OP did a quick search first.

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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Jaikiran Pai (thank you very much ) told me how to restore corrections; the text missing from the Beginning Java thread which this discussion started off in has now been replaced.


A bit too quick with the scissors ?? ...

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Henry Wong wrote:A bit too quick with the scissors ?? ...

Henry
All these cutting remarks

I actually think this is a borderline case; the post could have been appended onto the original thread, or an "I didn't understand that thread" post. But I think it would be too strict to prohibit this posting.
 
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This is something I brought up to some of the staff a few weeks ago: the idea of merging topics. A moderator could take a new thread and merge it with an old thread and maybe that would be a graceful way for a newbie to learn that common topics are already covered here.

 
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Agree, Paul, a merge would have worked very well in this instance.
 
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