A recent question revealed a need for a quick way to moderate many questions from their summaries.

What is a question summary? Its the view of a question within a list, such as the front page or search results:

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(Its referred to as a summary in the html, not sure if that is the common name)


As it currently stands, a moderator cannot act within this view. The mod must first open the question in order to access the mod menu, or get to the Close/Delete links.

When you're talking about a question here/there, its not too much of a problem. When you're talking about fifteen thousand questions, son, we have issues.

I'd suggest adding an abbreviated list of links under the tags on the summary:

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so that we can hit and run without opening 15k tabs.

  • pities SO moderators – Manishearth Jun 19 '12 at 14:26
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    Closing questions without even reading them? Me likes! – yannis Jun 19 '12 at 14:28
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    @YannisRizos: You don't have to open the flaming paper bag on your front porch to figure out whether you should or shouldn't stomp it out. – Won't Jun 19 '12 at 14:29
  • It gets boring when there aren't that many flags to process. Time for real moderating to begin! – casperOne Jun 19 '12 at 14:31
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    @Won't No, I mean it, I like it and it will be extremely useful in massive cleanups. But if this gets build, MSO will fill with "I'm sure they closed it from the summary, didn't even bother to read it" crap... – yannis Jun 19 '12 at 14:39
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    @YannisRizos: To which I say, "Yes! I did! HAHAHAHAAHAH! SUCKET!" – Won't Jun 19 '12 at 14:41

Can't think of a good reason for this, honestly. The moderator flag queue is already set up to where you can close or delete a question based on the summary and flag, with the assumption being that someone looked at the whole thing and you need only do so again if something seems fishy about it.

A system where stuff gets closed or deleted without anyone looking at it is... Dangerous.

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    Why, here's a good reason. And if you trust us, then you should trust us to use this wisely. For those rare occasions where someone starts out their totally legit question "You want handbag? Cheap and fast shipping. High quality." they can flag and ask for a review. – Won't Jun 19 '12 at 18:32
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    I trust you to make good decisions. Therefore, depriving you of the information you need to make those decisions is counter-productive. Also... Read my answer to that question. Have you actually looked at those queries? Past the first page of results? – Shog9 Jun 19 '12 at 18:38
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    WANT TO DELETE EVERYTHING. NOW. – Won't Jun 19 '12 at 20:34
  • We're supposed to look at that stuff now? – Ben Brocka Jun 19 '12 at 20:46

According to this question, the question do need review first. If the question+answers are good, leave open (+edit if necessary)... If not, close.

Questions can be about:

  1. Concept in specific books
  2. Concept about specific tools
  3. Recommendation of any good method, concept in book/about tool
  4. Comparison between tools
  5. Comparison between concepts in different books

So we need to read those questions. And required to take actions. Thats why I said 70% question will get closed an not 100%.

If without reading questions are getting closed then we will miss many more questions. And 95% times if question get closed as Not Constructive then people even don't think of reopening it.

  • If it is so incredibly obvious from the summary, why bother? The question is already bad, therefore it gets closed. If there is a suggestion of value, then you open it up. Its honestly not rocket science. – Won't Jun 20 '12 at 12:39
  • But it will not case for all questions other than recommendation question. And all recommendation questions will not be about books and tools. – Somnath Muluk Jun 20 '12 at 12:57
  • Do you think, once given this tool, mods will become ignorant link clickers? "Oh, look, there is a delete link in the summary! I must click it without any thought!" The idea is foolish. Nothing has changed on the part of moderators. The only thing that has changed is that we don't have to waste time closing obvious crap. – Won't Jun 20 '12 at 13:18
  • I don't think moderators are ignorant link clickers. – Somnath Muluk Jun 21 '12 at 9:55

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