Answer Marking: It’s Not Just For Moderators Anymore


I’ve been writing quite a bit about reputation and auto-moderation on the MSDN Forums on this blog.  It’s been a cool way for me to organize my thoughts and collaborate a bit with other people on what we be great for the forums in the future–but it’s basically just been a bunch of writing.


Until now.  I’m happy to announce one of the very, very first ideas we had about auto-moderation has finally seen the light of day.  Every single forums user that has contributed 5 or more answers in the MSDN Forums, as of the beginning of April, now has rights to mark replies as answers.


This is an experiment to see if more replies actually get marked if more people are able to mark them.  Will this help our answer rate?  I hope so.  I’ll check back in next month and see if this has had a noticeable effect.


Today’s 2 day answer rate:  41%


Today’s 1 month answer rate:  58%

Comments (5)

  1. Sven De Bont says:

    What will happen with all the users (over 800, according to the post in the forums) when the experiment isn’t as successfull as you were hoping? Will their role be ‘revoked’?

    Also, will this role also be granted to other forum users in the future (assuming that it is a success off course :-))?

    Regards,

    Sven

  2. MSDN Archive says:

    If the experiment did turn out to be a complete mess, we could roll back the permissions, but it’s been over a month since we’ve done this, and nothing bad has happened yet.

    Long term, it’s my desire to make this a permanent, automatic feature of the forums.