reply to post by Domo1
As has been posted several times . . .
The PTB on ATS . . . the 3 Amigos . . . have an aversion to including the quote as they see it as cluttering up the AMA in an unnecessary and
unwieldly way . . . as I understand it.
IT SEEMS TO ME . . . THAT
the software was altered for an AMA ONLY MODULE . . . that put the quoted question at the BOTTOM of the AMA person's reply, that would adjust the
cluttering aspect sufficiently yet solve the issue of readily seeing the question concerned.
It would also be great if the AMA PERSON'S ANSWER was a different color
to stand out, making it easier to locate and focus
And, IF the software required a 3 line or less length question, that could help streamline things. I did discover with my question of Bill Y's thread
that 3 lines in the posting window resulted in about 5 lines when posted. That's not a biggy, to me. 3 lines in the posting window would be short
enough, to me.
Alternately, it could be a character limit that prevented going above 3 lines when posted.
I think that unless the software automatically channels posts into the parameters, boundaries desired, it will be a constant challenge to mod such AMA
threads to 'ideal' limits.
Any time there are 10 or more people, at least one or more is NOT GOING TO GET THE MEMO and will unwittingly or rebelliously DO THEIR OWN THING almost
regardless. I think that with the AMA threads, the percentages of posters posting outside the 'ideal' boundaries will TEND to be fairly
significant--probably more than 50% depending on the limits involved.
It seems to me that only automatic software limitations would make modding such threads reasonable--and anything but annoying to exasperating
frustration for all concerned.
And . . . if such AMA MODULE software changes were constructed, why not have the module automatically throw the question and the response PAIRED into
a sequential LEAN & CLEAN THREAD OF ITS OWN that prevented ANY responses until the AMA thread was closed? This LEAN & CLEAN AMA THREAD could include
automatic links in the AMA thread to the responses and questions concerned--and vice versa, imho.
And, the LEAN AND CLEAN AMA THREAD could have the questions in one color [or basic black or white]
and the responses of the AMA
PERSON in the more vivid, easily located and read color
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My yet unanswered question to Bill Y included my typical parenthetical phrases. That's my style and preference. Yet, I suppose an argument could be
made for asking a simple, clean, straightforward question without such. It may be that limiting the question to 2 lines in the posting window would be
desirable. However, I think that would be very frustratingly difficult to comply with for what--at least half the posters? Yet, the result might well
be worth it. I don't know.
It seems to me that grammar software could be altered requiring or managing that automatically such that the lean straightforward question was put at
the top and the more robust question with the parenthetical phrases put under that.
I think there is something to be said for the lean straightforward question being the ideal when there are so many diverse people confronting the AMA
person with a diversity of questions out of a wide diversity of writing & thinking levels and skills.
Certainly the software could readily be constructed to remove everything not in the one sentence with a question mark at the end--if that's a
The "background" prep many put before their question certainly seems to mushroom for many posters into a soap-box or rant or rambling bunch of blather
for many posters. It seems to me that the grammar checking type software could prevent that in the posting drafting window.
On the other hand, some questions may well need to be reconstructed or to include some background data bits in order to be quickly grasped and
responded to rationally by the AMA person. Not sure how to suggest handling that. It seems to me that real person human modding of that may well still
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Failing all the above . . . perhaps the INTRO SECTION to an AMA thread should include some lean questions of the standard types:
HOW . . . ?
WHEN . . . ?
WHAT . . . ?
WHERE . . . ?
WHO . . . ?
IF . . . ?
AS A MODEL for posters to follow when constructing their questions. Otherwise, the unwieldly, hard to follow questions will still be a plentiful
muddying of the AMA threads, imho.
Even with such models, either software or modding would likely be required until the bulk of the membership were trained to follow the lean type of
imho, the basic ideal for an AMA thread is to have a wealth of thoughtful questions very briefly and clearly articulated in a way
easily and quickly grasped accurately by the AMA person enabling quick and easily articulated clear responses.
At least, that's what affords the reading public the best results for interesting and readily grasped reading, imho.
Anyway . . . it would be great to have the software minimize hassles and improve clarity and brevity for the AMA person AND for the mods AND for the
members posting questions and/or reading the questions and responses.
Given the diversity of members and their widely diverse perspectives and personalities, the AMA threads will likely ALWAYS have SOME degree of
messiness. That's merely human. But we do have the technology and the smarts to minimize the messiness and improve clarity. Why not use
edit on 29/3/2014 by BO XIAN because: emphasis