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New forum feature: Flag posts as helpful

Will 16 1.8k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2006 11:46AM
When you start a topic, you are now able to flag replies if you find them particularly helpful.

When flagged, they will appear highlighted in green to other users. This makes it easier to see helpful replies in a long topic and also gives a bit of kudos to the person who helped.

This new feature requires Javascript to be enabled. As a bonus, there's no slow page refreshing needed, so you should be able to flag helpful posts quickly and easily.

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Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
15 Aug 2006 11:48AM
Always wear comfortable shoes on long photo shoots.

Do I win a flag?
digicammad 14 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2006 11:49AM
Excellent feature Will, it should prove a hit.

15 Aug 2006 11:49AM
Super idea Smile
Will 16 1.8k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2006 11:51AM
I forgot to mention, this feature will be rolled out to the gallery comments too if it proves successful in the forums.

I've also flagged this post of mine as helpful, so you can see what they look like.
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
15 Aug 2006 11:52AM
Hang on you flagged me first.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
15 Aug 2006 11:54AM
I think EPZ is making a rod for its own back actually!

Just wait for the complaints from people about their replies not being flagged!

Can I have a flag please? Grin
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
15 Aug 2006 11:54AM
Get in line. I asked first.
Will 16 1.8k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2006 11:55AM
Boyd, I should point out that messages should only really be flagged as helpful if they are helpful to the subject of the topic. Smile
DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
15 Aug 2006 11:56AM
Good idea this, but it will obviously rely on the owner of the forum topic or gallery image taking the time to flag the useful comments.

Especially useful in the forum where we typically get about 60 incidental comments for every useful one Smile

Will 16 1.8k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2006 11:59AM
Fair point about relying on the owners Dave, but we've done it in Javascript on purpose so it only takes a second to flag a message as helpful. There's no waiting around for the page to reload.
andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2006 12:00PM
Nice idea for the forum

But I'm not sure that it will work in the gallery
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
15 Aug 2006 12:00PM
We are hoping that this will encourage good topic posts. If someone asks a question and gets 60 replies one of those replies may have totally answered the question, 30 given decent but not conclusive answers and the rest been totally irrelevant.

Anyone new coming to the thread could read the first post and jump straight to the most useful answer.

If used correctly this will be a great feature...and then again you can choose to ruin it! It's up to you!
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
15 Aug 2006 12:02PM
This is a divisive feature, IMO - going along the path of the clicks/blue hearts in the gallery.

You will have chums flagging each others replies - helpful or not.
Will 16 1.8k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2006 12:04PM
If people abuse the system they will have their ability to use it withdrawn.

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