Close and delete all discussions related to QString encoding



  • ... because they just add noise to the website. There's no added value in having the yet-yet-yet-another-discussion on about how to convert char arrays into strings (and vice versa).

    Just point people to the right methods in QString / QTextCodec, or the entries in the FAQ, or online resources such as http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_encoding , then please close the thread and/or mark them for deletion after 7 days.



  • I disagree. Or rather: I am not convinced.

    Could you:

    point out the current/recent items dealing with this?

    provide some decent Qt related resource on the matter?

    I think pointing to general articles, good as they may be, is not a good answer on how to address these issues with Qt. Do you mean "this":http://developer.qt.nokia.com/faq/answer/how_can_i_convert_a_qstring_to_char_and_vice_versa FAQ entry?

    Should we also start closing all signal/slot beginner threads?



  • I think peppe refers to "this thread":http://developer.qt.nokia.com/forums/viewthread/5517 from April 28th.

    I agree to redirect to API docs and FAQs instead of explaining once again, but would leave the threads open and definitely not delete them.



  • What I think makes most sense is this:

    • if a thread is repeating a question that has already been answered, close it and point to the previous thread
    • if it's a new problem, point to suitable resources available but leave it open in case there are related or follow-up questions

    Deleting doesn't sound too wise to me because then the questions will definitely be repeated since searching is no longer an option.

    Does that make sense to you, peppe?



  • [quote author="Andre" date="1304412611"]
    Could you:

    point out the current/recent items dealing with this?

    [/quote]

    For instance:

    And there are many more for sure (like questions asked in follow ups, when the topic's title was not related to the encoding problem and wasn't changed).

    [quote]

    provide some decent Qt related resource on the matter?

    I think pointing to general articles, good as they may be, is not a good answer on how to address these issues with Qt. Do you mean "this":http://developer.qt.nokia.com/faq/answer/how_can_i_convert_a_qstring_to_char_and_vice_versa FAQ entry?[/quote]

    That one was the FAQ entry I was referring to. So, if there's no good article, the principle should be: take those answers and create a good wiki article, once and for all.

    [quote]Should we also start closing all signal/slot beginner threads?[/quote]

    Yes: there's no point in having them if the answers (more than the questions) don't add any value. They just pollute the search results. And it's quite arrogant to start a thread without even googling beforehand.

    All the added value by answers should instead be cherry-picked and put in some good wiki article (my article on threads is, in fact, based upon my experience when dealing with users on #qt. Now I simply point users to that article.)

    [quote]I agree to redirect to API docs and FAQs instead of explaining once again, but would leave the threads open and definitely not delete them.[/quote]

    Why? What's the value in having many results in a search, when most of the results simply contain a link to the right FAQ/wiki article?

    [quote author="Alexandra" date="1304422560"]What I think makes most sense is this:

    • if a thread is repeating a question that has already been answered, close it and point to the previous thread
    • if it's a new problem, point to suitable resources available but leave it open in case there are related or follow-up questions[/quote]

    Totally agree. A question that produces valuable answers should stay. And those answers, if possible, should be merged in articles.

    [quote]
    Deleting doesn't sound too wise to me because then the questions will definitely be repeated since searching is no longer an option.
    [/quote]

    What do you mean? That those threads won't appear in search results any more? It's not a big loss if they don't contain any value. To keep a good quality of the search results I would simply delete posts closed with a link to a FAQ/wiki article (say, after a week if there are no follow ups).

    PS. Now I feel that this turned into a more general site discussion. Maybe I should change the thread's topic? :-)



  • [quote author="peppe" date="1304437402"]
    What do you mean? That those threads won't appear in search results any more? It's not a big loss if they don't contain any value. To keep a good quality of the search results I would simply delete posts closed with a link to a FAQ/wiki article (say, after a week if there are no follow ups).
    [/quote]

    If we start deleting stuff because it clutters search results, a real big bunch of other posts would have to be purged too. The same goes for tags, "rate this up" and other stuff too.

    As soon as the Q&A forums is implemented, including rating questions and answers up (or down?), search results will be more helpful too.



  • I agree on the idea with the wiki articles. It would be good to create them based on the answeres of some (perhaps re popping) threads. But I would also no delete the threads.





  • [quote author="peppe" date="1304583956"]http://developer.qt.nokia.com/forums/viewthread/5590 yet another one...[/quote]

    Only after we asked several questions and the like.... I does not count, IMHO.


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