Answer Button For Posts

Hi @InferNova,

I think it would be a useful addition to the forum as well. Could be quite convenient when browsing long threads with multiple suggestions.

I know the McNeel forum (also built on discourse) have a “solution” button to select relevant answers but for some reason they decided to make it available only to the OP asking the question. Meaning that any other person browsing the page is unable to see what is the answer selected by the OP.

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I am a moderator, but I actually have no access to the site configuration plugins etc.

I believe that @fjenett is the person who controls these things.

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Maybe then if this post get’s enough hearts we can make it happen ?

Honestly I think it is more about bringing it to the attention of the people who could do it and convincing them. We used to have answers functionality in the previous forum.processing.org

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Yes I remember that ! And it was a time saver. Now clicking at post’s to check if it has been answered or solved can be grueling !

Do you have any idea to bring it up to the people ? Like for example emailing the guys which do control their forum or somewhat ? @jeremydouglass I think if you can help us out this can happen. I really would love an answer button !

We could also make use of the timeline to quickly navigate to the selected answer:

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Who would be the most appropriate to contact this for ? I just don’t know who to grab on. Thanks in advance for any replies.

As I mentioned previously:

It is also possible that Casey Reas set up the forum–again, I’m unsure. He has an account on here as @REAS but isn’t active, so you might need to try contacting him directly through the Processing Foundation directly.

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Hello Everyone. Right now, I have the “keys” for this Discourse instance and I set it up, but I’m not very knowledgeable about how Discourse operates. @jeremydouglass, do you feel this suggestion would enhance the conversations here and help as a reference? Does anyone know if this is built in to Discourse?

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@REAS – yes, I think that it would benefit the community. Questioners like marking their own questions as solved (which some try to do by editing their title), and some answerers would prefer to browse only unsolved questions, which this allows.

I believe that it is an official plugin of Discourse – it might be preinstalled but inactive, or we might need to download it for install. Official description of what the plugin does when activated and configured is here:

and the plugin repo – with possibly more up-to-date install instructions – is here:

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Hey @REAS I am just wondering how plausible then is the idea of getting the solution button. Not trying to pose haste here just curious can we get this actually through !

Many thanks in advance,

Marcin.K

Pulling this to the top. Is this still possible to make ?

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Seems like this may take some while. I guess I will just send emails to @REAS

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We’ve enabled this plugin. Please let us know what you discover. Here’s a view of the options:

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Hey There!

It amazing ! Thank you this will be a life saver !

This looks great! so far it seems simple and straightforward – easy to understand and use. I’ll try it on the question side sometime soon to see the UI.

One little wrinkle is that the initial post cannot be marked as a solution, so it doesn’t allow self-answers, like this:

But overall it seems to be working well.

We might want to consider enabling the “Show a dropdown to filter a topic list” setting – currently the Advanced Search has no field for solved / unsolved.

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To bootstrap people marking things as “Solution”, I’ve done a few quick sprints through threads where people say explicit things like “That solved my problem” or “thanks for the solution” in response to a specific post, and marked all those posts as Solution. That should start to make answerers searching for things with solutions (or not) a bit more meaningful, make it easier for readers to browse marked solutions on longer threads, and encourage questioners to mark answers.

If you have questions, consider revisiting them and marking solutions if you got them! The point of a solution is not credit but to marks the suggestion or summary that would be most helpful for someone else – so if you received help but ultimate posted your own solution walkthrough, do mark your own answer.

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I’m doing another quick sprint looking for phrases like “that worked!” and marking old solutions that were acknowledge by the posters, but didn’t mark the Solution button (often because it wasn’t yet available).

Some threads have “that solved it!” or “that worked” but intentionally aren’t marked with a Solution. Many of our project threads evolve through a series of questions – which we encourage! – but this means they can’t really have a solution, as they contain multiple questions and multiple solutions.

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