Raising similar forum and AE threads - check before doing soWe've had some issues with members (a) posting threads in the forum which have already been raised and (b) members raising a forum thread topic as a question in our Ask Expert section and vice versa (a query in the Ask Expert section being raised for discussion in the forum.)
To curb this practice here's what we can do:
1. We should check via the search box whether or not the topic has been raised in either the forum or in the Ask Expert section.
2. If the AE query or forum thread is an old one and only if we have some fresh outlook to give on it, we could post a fresh thread in the forum only and invite discussion/opinions on it. In doing so, we should give a link to the old thread/AE query. If it is worthy of being a fresh AE query, the forum editors will have it shifted to the AE section.
What the editors will do:
1. If a forum thread is raised on a similar topic, the forum editors will check the similarity with the earlier thread and accordingly (i) lock it if responses have come in, assigning zero points to only the new thread's initiator or (ii) delete the thread.
Now, by similarity, we mean that if a topic is already raised, you can surely give your opinion on some aspect related to it in that first thread only. There is no need to raise an entirely new thread on it.
2. If an Ask Expert query is raised on a topic that was raised in the forum for discussion, it will not be approved unless in the text there is clearly a fresh question about it, the answer to which was not clarified in the forum thread.
Similarly, if an Ask Expert query is raised as a topic for general discussion in the forum, the editors will judge whether or not it is worthy of an open general discussion in the forum.
We request members to please follow these instructions so as to avoid duplication of content.