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12 years, 5 months ago
I wondered if there was any merit in a system that encourages original posters to 'close' their questions by either selecting a 'correct' answer (as already done now) OR marking the original question as 'not solved' etc. This might lead to more questions being 'tied up' rather than apparently abandoned by the original poster with no feedback from them. Perhaps a 'n' point deduction from the original poster's reputation for every week(?) they do not 'close' a question?
Jan 7, 2011 at 19:25
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'Punishing' users is a really bad way of getting users to do what you want them to do.
Most of the abandoned questions are indeed
abandoned so this user won't come back, no matter how much rep you take from them. So I don't think this will solve the problem.
Jan 7, 2011 at 23:36
Ivo Flipse Ivo Flipse
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In my experience, the only way to reliably get the behaviors you want is this:
reward the behaviors you want to encourage, and ignore the behaviors you want to discourage
You certainly don't start punishing folks --- that has entirely the opposite effect!
Jan 8, 2011 at 0:08
Jeff Atwood Jeff Atwood
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