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A New Policy For "Gimme Teh Codez" Topics

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The team has been discussing how best to deal with the annoying, lazy, and overly prevalent "Gimme Teh Codez" topics that often clutter the help forums here at Dream.In.Code. After several weeks of discussion, we have instituted a new policy to deal with these types of topics.

From now on, forum leaders, mentors, moderators, admins, and myself will remove posts that simply ask for code and place them in a non-public forum (called "Gimme Teh Codez" ;)) so they do not appear in search engines or clutter the help forums.

The topics will also have a standard reply added to them which is emailed to the topic starter and the topic will be closed.

You can see the canned reply in any of the topics in this forum: http://www.dreaminco...imme-teh-codez/

Over the next week, we will be removing the [ rules ] tag and encourage those of you who like to remind people of the rules to simply report the topic using the "Report" button in each post. Not every topic that does not include code is a "Gimme Teh Codez" topic. Only those that blatantly ask for code for an entire project, or just copy/paste their homework assignment are considered "Gimme Teh Codez" topics. People asking for guidance or just a little help getting started should receive the appropriate help, not be given a canned reply like [ rules ].

All of these changes are meant to improve the overall quality of topics and replies here at Dream.In.Code. Too many topics are turning up in search engines with the [ rules ] reply and nothing else. And too many members are playing the role of moderator, some so much so that almost 90% of their replies are just [ rules ] or something similar.

If you aren't a forum leader, mentor, moderator, or an admin, please just report posts that violate our rules so we can remove them from public view and inform the topic starter.

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18 October 2010 - 12:00 PM
What?! But the rules tag was my favorite!!!! :( I haz a sad nao. See what you dun did?


18 October 2010 - 12:34 PM
hmm.. This is a good thing.. I checked out the forum and there is one more thing that can be done.. You see the topics will be coming from all over the forums and sometimes it will be hard to tell what language it is.. Either you could add a "Imported From" or "Language" column to the forum..
Why Neo.. Why???


18 October 2010 - 01:04 PM
Just a few days ago I saw the 'Gimme teh Codez' forum and I thought it was only used for development purposes and testing.
Anyway, its is good move. :^:


18 October 2010 - 01:17 PM
biggerB, we don't care where the topic came from. The "gimme teh codez" forum is essentially a trash can, it's just not hidden so the original poster can read the reply we leave when we email them and they don't lose their post entirely if they want to copy/paste anything from it.


18 October 2010 - 02:33 PM
seems like a good solution.


18 October 2010 - 05:26 PM
I really like the idea.

I haven't clicked on anything, but appears like reputation giving still works in "Gimme Teh Codez". If that's the case, may I suggest disabling it once it's moved? (Afterall, if the thread is there, I think we can all assume the quality of the post)


18 October 2010 - 05:27 PM
@BiggerB wut?

@skyhawk133 where is this magical trash can? Maybe I'm blind?


18 October 2010 - 06:39 PM
@Neo: It's a subforum in the Report a Topic forum.


18 October 2010 - 07:03 PM
And it's meant to be pretty hidden. It's not a forum anyone should really be looking at/for. All the posts are hidden from "View New Posts", and the forum is nestled away so it doesn't clutter the forums.


18 October 2010 - 07:45 PM
Still, laughing at others' fail amuses me.


19 October 2010 - 12:33 AM
I'm having a hard time understanding this skyhawk, and I'm not entirely sure you guys know what you're doing. I'd like to review what you've come up with. Please Gimme Teh Codez.


19 October 2010 - 01:55 AM
forum leaders? Im guessing this is a new thing right similar to mentors?


19 October 2010 - 05:15 AM
I like this plan.


19 October 2010 - 08:02 AM
Nice! And judging by the posts beginning to accumulate in the gimmie-teh-codez forum it is working like a charm. :D


19 October 2010 - 11:10 AM
I don't whether to proud or annoyed that you used one of my snippets as the code example.
Any how FTW!


19 October 2010 - 02:39 PM
So when am I going to be upgraded to forum leader? I need to feel important Christopher.


22 October 2010 - 02:31 PM
Don't worry sir, she's from the Internet!

Jack Eagles1 

29 October 2010 - 09:54 AM
I love the Gimme Teh Codez forum! It's soo funny watching people's dumb requests!
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