For a board dedicated to programmers/coders, it sure does miss out on a lot of features supported by other forums. I think C++.com should support photo uploads, in case an "asker" wishes to display his problem via a screenshot, for example. Also, I think there ought to be a like/dislike option so that the post with the greater number of likes gets viewed by people browsing the web for an answer to their problem, although it is sometimes equally useful to go through other answers.
i believe you are looking for facebook. we r, or at least me, is here because its not flashy like that. there are plenty of third party sites that people upload photos to and then just link to them for viewing problems. also how would something with a higher rating be neccasarily better? ive been on a lot of posts where once the problem was solved it got hijacked and the subject changed. if they were "liking it" for the new subjects, that moves it up even though the original problem might not be sufficient for someone else. ie it might be the same problem but its not solved in a way they need
That facebook-related comment was not necessary, neither the implication that I tend to be flashy, or that every facebook user tends to be flashy. FYI, here are some of the good boards that support the like/kudos feature: ni.com, mathhelpboards.com, and, stackoverflow.com are some of these boards.
I didn't say something with a high rating could be better, but logically speaking, the quality of a post and number of kudos/thanks/likes tends to rise proportionally, and this stems from personal experience with forums.
i wasnt trying to be offensive, but facebook itself is flashy. that isnt anything against the users though. im on facebook. to the best of my knowledge, and the reason im on here, is you post your (except in the case of lounge)c/c++ question, hopefully get it answered and move on. ive seen facebook change weekly and make it confusing, but the only thing ive seen change on this site is how you enter your password
Similar ideas have been suggested before. It's not that the admin is unaware that such features exist, nor that he's inactive, nor that he doesn't take suggestions (see that little chain next to the date? That one was mine. Before, you had to read HTML to link to individual posts). He's just decided not to implement them.
The only thing I think would be a decent feature would be kudos or up/down votes. You can then evaluates someone's overall help to the site. For example, I used to judge who the "good" members were by the amount of posts. I have more recently realized the number of posts don't matter. A lot of the posts of members are meaningless (my posts in particular are no where near as helpful as someone who has fewer posts than I). I believe at least a kudos section would allow the OP the chance to acknowledge that they're having someone who know's their stuff help them.
Without using names, there are a few members here who are in the 2k+ range and still aren't very helpful, while I've seen members that have under 1k posts that are extremely helpful. It's not a perfect system, and as you belong to the site for more than a week, you start to notice who the better members are anyways.
@Grey storage for what? i do not think you understood what I meant
Storage for your porn, what other problem could you have with it? ;0)
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I believe at least a kudos section would allow the OP the chance to acknowledge that they're having someone who know's their stuff help them.
Part of the problem with this sort of thing is that the OP does not necessarily know who is giving them the better help. I have seen people thank the person who gave the least accurate answer ignoring the several people that gave then better answers because it was easier.
A sort of "kudos" system is something that I've definitely wished for on this site, as there are certain pieces of information or remarks that make me just want to shake the person's hand. I can't really do much better than PMing them at this point, and if it's even possible to do so, taking that much time is unnecessary.
Additionally, in response to your most recent comment, @Aramil - While that could be a problem, I don't see why anyone would bother doing that. The worst they could do is give poor advice, and if anyone with any sort of positive moral standing (read: most regular users on this site) sees them, they can just tell the OP to disregard whatever they suggest. It might still be an issue, but it's hardly a major one. It would do more good than harm.
Finally - when it comes to posting images, I don't think that any sort of extra work is required. As was said before, it would take a lot of space (at least, in comparison to the text-only system that's currently in place) and would most likely just increase loading times for this notoriously fast website. There's no reason for users to not just upload their images elsewhere and link to them in their thread.
Not really a new feature, but I'd like the tab to be re-purposed for actually adding a tab rather then changing focus when making a post. I also notice some alignment issue (the box around the code) when using tabs.
Also I agree, shouldn't add any reputation system. Too many people abuse it for it to actually serve a purpose.