The most-watched IT questions this week: Dec. 1, 2009

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Here are the 10 most watched questions on ITKE: There’s some great discussion going on. Go answer a question now! 1. CompEng asked about open-ended SQL statements, and Mrdenny and Meandyou delivered the goods. 2. Kalpana queried Networking certifications, and where the best place is to get certified. XENOPHON22, Schmidtw and KevinBeaver all chimed in with their thoughts. 3. Pramodtenkale promulgated that their Foxpro 2.6 code was error-free, but a host of friendly ITKErs tried to how them the light. Any other solutions? 4. NotJustQA is just wondering how to upgrade the Oracle Client to 10i from 8.1 without losing database connectivity. Darryn and Carlosdl gave NotJustQA some good news … and some bad news. 5. 129 enumerates their problem: The group policy does not apply in Win XP from a W2K3 server. Mshen and Carlosdl come to the rescue once more. >>Continued

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Oh what a disappointment, there must be a lot more people curious about Foxpro than the AS/400.
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What I feel is that if we start time limit in which a question can be answered, then we will have vastly reduced the effectiveness of this site.

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  • carlosdl
    Strange, Phil. But a really high percentage of the questions here on ITKE are AS/400 related, and that must mean something...
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  • philpl1jb
    Thanks, we do a lot of work but few are interested or does the list exclude the AS/400?
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  • Michael Morisy
    Hi Phil, The list doesn't exclude anything, and overall, AS/400 is one of the most popular categories on ITKE so don't feel like that hard work is for naught! Maybe AS/400 questioners just don't use the watch feature as much? This isn't total page views, just how often these questions are "watched."
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  • Vatchy
    I mostly look at and answer AS/400 questions with the occasional foray into a VB6 question but I have never actually "watched" a question (didn't even know I could). I get the digest every day and watch for any additional answers/comments on the ones I'm interested in. Lately, however, TomLiota has been filling up the digest with answers to years-old questions so when I get tired of reading through the digest and only seeing his answers I stop reading it, possibly missing some other interesting questions.
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  • philpl1jb
    Ah, most watched as in put in watch list -- and I thought most hits. Watch list - not a feature that I have an interest in. Thanks for the clarification Phil
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  • Michael Morisy
    Yes. Looking through the various metrics, those seemed to create the most broadly interesting questions, if not necessarily the most popular ones.
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  • OldSysAdmin
    +1 for losing interest because of the old posts that were resolved a long time ago being resurected (for what reason?)
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  • carlosdl
    It's interesting to see how the site features are used by other members. In my case, the watch list is the first thing I check when I come to the site, but I never read the daily digest. As for the answers to old questions, I think it is good when it is really an answer, because some other people could come to the site looking for an answer to the same question/problem, but it doesn't make any sense to me when someone revives an old question just to ask for more details or to make an unhelpful comment.
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  • Michael Morisy
    @CarlosDL Agreed 100%. But if it's getting in the way of other people using the site as Vatchy and OldSysAdmin suggest, then that's something I'd like to minimize if possible. If you just want new questions, and an easy way to see them, there's also the RSS feeds for topics.
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  • Vatchy
    "If you just want new questions, and an easy way to see them, there’s also the RSS feeds for topics." I don't necessarily want to see just new questions; I want to see questions that I have responded to or have just looked at and am curious about the solution. Maybe you could implement a feature where old questions can be closed. They would still be available for searching but not for answering three years later. How old can be a topic for discussion - I would say a range of 1-3 months after the last response.
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  • Teandy
    I don't think the questions should be closed. As was stated in this thread: http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itanswers/search-for-missing-semi-colon-in-free-format/ this is a wiki site. When someone reads a question and has a different perspective, they should be allowed to voice that perspective. Also, there are 241 pages of unanswered questions. Should these questions just be written off as too "difficult" to answer? I feel that if we start limiting the time in which a question can be answered, then we will have vastly reduced the effectiveness of this site.
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  • Hetmil
    What I feel is that if we start time limit in which a question can be answered, then we will have vastly reduced the effectiveness of this site.
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  • Cwc
    I think Vatchy has a good point though. I used to use the digest to see what new subjects are being discussed and answered, and whether I have anything to add. I skip a lot of topics now because new responses are mixed in with old questions from years ago. I don't think that simply asking for more details for a question that is several years adds value, since the original questioner is long gone. So, it depends on the content of the new post -- it should only be used to provide additional information or explanation, or a new approach to the original problem/question presented.
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