I don’t think he/she is going to provide more details at this point (the question is 3 years old).
I am sitting here and open this esteemed site i.e. http://www.itknowledgeexchange.com, I think it is a responsibility to provide answers or solutions or extract some details to provide answers whether it is 3 yrs old or 30 yrs old….. that does not matter for me !
I have a couple discussions starting with people who saw an old question come back to the top. There can even be value in repeating requests for the OS, the software product, the platform — unless people see it being asked for, they’ll continue expecting others to read their screens by “remote viewing”.
“I have a couple discussions starting with people who saw an old question come back to the top”
Tom, I have seen such discussions, and I agree that many times resurrecting an old question can lead to interesting discussions, however, when the question is too broad, as in this case, which doesn’t include absolutely any details, I don’t think it could lead to any productive discussion. The OP could have been referring to a program for the AS400, or for some Linux distribution, it could be referring to a web application, or a windows desktop application, or to some specific product, etc, etc
I didn’t mean to generalize about old questions at all.
Thanks Tom, I appreciate your view ! The old questions r useful just for reference and might be the member (who asked) got his / her answer in those days, but other people don’t know about this. If a new member again asks the same q, then the answer of that old q may worthful for him /her. Because he /she may search the answer of the q and get the answer immediately from here, and our ITKnowledgeExchange.com site has very good option to search Q & A….
But it is necessary that better to give correct answer or as good reference (url / link etc.) not only again asking question against his / her question ! It is my bad luck that I was not there to communicate with good and knowledgeable members !
Good Luck !
when the question is too broad, as in this case,…
…it’s not worth spending time beyond simply asking for more detail. Although the OP is unlikely to respond, someone else might; and a number of others will see the request for sufficient detail, thereby increasing awareness of the importance.
That can also apply to questions that have too much or misleading detail, such as the “slow AS/400 console” question. There have been as many comments against that question in one day as there have been requests for more detail against old questions during this week. How does one measure importance to the site?
Maybe a real alternative is a variation on ‘Report Question’. A 3-yr-old question with no useful detail nor useful responses could be tagged for deletion. Junk would be cleaned up, searches wouldn’t clutter with wasteful links, and maybe a point could be awarded for cleanup effort.
“…and a number of others will see the request for sufficient detail, thereby increasing awareness of the importance.”
That would be ideal, but I don’t really think it will influence the people who really need to be more aware of the importance of enough details.
I remember you have been criticized for trying to elicit details on old questions in the past too, and although I have agreed sometimes with what others have said about that, sometimes I haven’t, because I don’t think that every old question has to be treated the same way. Anyway, I think we are not going to agree on this, but at least Rechil’s answer originated this interesting conversation.
“…There have been as many comments against that question in one day as there have been requests for more detail against old questions during this week. ”
Fortunately, when the OP is participating in the discussion, there are many more chances to get the details needed to be able to provide some help. The problem is that even with new questions, many times the OP doesn’t respond to details requests.
“Maybe a real alternative is a variation on ‘Report Question’. A 3-yr-old question with no useful detail nor useful responses could be tagged for deletion…”
That sounds like a good idea to me.
Yes, it is time to determine which old questions and how many years they should view under “UNANSWERED” tag. I think it is better to remove some old questions. (Consider the years entirely depends on Administrator) Cause some Q’s is also obsoleted due to new technology comes day to day.
Cause some Q’s is also obsoleted due to new technology comes day to day.
But if a question asks about “Windows 2000″, new technology might not be relevant. An old question is sometimes the best way to find out about problems in old technology. It’s an unfortunate fact that even DOS PCs are running important (to the site) apps today.
To me, removal criteria should focus on whether or not an answer is reasonably possible.
Recently I got a problem on remote copy from Linux to DOS env. Though DOS is so old and almost obsolete, but I wanted to use DOS env, cause no other way I had. I wanted to copy some files from Linux Share to my DOS. Though I solved the problem. But it is necessary for old Qs that r related to basic technology, like Linux, Windows / DOS / Unix or others must answer that Qs for future reference or instant knowledge !