[DISCONTINUED] Wish-list for MATLAB Answer sections.
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This topic (which was not started by Mathworks) is for features you would like to see for this MATLAB Answers facility.
I suggest one wish per answer, so that people can vote for individual wishes.
What should you post where?
Next Gen threads (#1): features that would break compatibility with previous versions, but would be nice to have
@anyone posting a new thread when the last one gets too large (about 50 answers seems a reasonable limit per thread), please update this list in all last threads. (if you don't have editing privileges, just post a comment asking someone to do the edit)
Perhaps this is implemented already - I didn't ask a question yet: If you select an answer as accepted, can you change the selection afterwards, if a better answer is given?
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It should be possible to mark up Comments.
Royi Avital on 9 Feb 2011
M Language Syntax Highlighting.
Amro on 24 Aug 2012
I've created a userscript that applies MATLAB syntax highlighting using google-code-prettify (it was originally intended for Stack Overflow). Project is hosted on GitHub.
Install userscript directly from the following link: prettify-mathworks-answers.user.js
vish on 8 Feb 2011
Notification when someone replies on a previously commented question or published.
Matt Tearle on 11 Feb 2011
Include questions you've commented on (but not necessarily "answered") in "my answers". This way you can keep an eye on a question where you're asking for clarification or suchlike discussion.
Note: this would be rendered less important if we had notifications of some kind.
Kent Cabarle on 9 Feb 2011
Posting a photo in a thread..
And if tinypic stops its service, the corresponding question or answer becomes meaningless. Would it be possible to host the pictures on a TMW server?
Matt Tearle on 16 Feb 2011
An automated email: "Dear [user], than you for using MATLAB Answers. Your question "[title]" now has [num_ans] answers. If any of these responses has helped you, please accept and/or up-vote them. If none of these answers has resolved your question, please provide further input to help guide others on how they can assist you"
This email should be sent after n days inactivity, at an exponentially increasing frequency;)
Matt Tearle on 1 Mar 2011
Hah. Makes sense. I ripped off that line from somewhere -- it was describing university politics... I can completely see how the stuff I observed at universities was an affluent society's update to our primal urges to have our political enemies ax-murdered by corrupt government goons (after which you take their mud hut, beads, and lion skin loincloths).
Matt Fig on 2 Mar 2011
Say there is a question which has 55 some-odd answers. I keep coming back to look and see if there is anything new, but since the answers move up and down with votes and other mechanisms, it soon gets exhausting. If I had the ability to fold answers I have read before - a choice that would stick between logins - then this process would be much easier.
I would like to be able to fold and unfold answers within a question. Perhaps a little star would appear next to the unfold button if there were new comments since I folded the question.
Jan on 3 Mar 2011
A very important improvement! It is nearly impossible to find the new answer or comment in a set of 55 answers and 100 comments. It seems like even a comment, which is deleted directly after the creation, changes the oder of the answers. Then it is even absolutely impossible to find the modifications...
My Answers should display the number of votes for the answers, not the questions.
Allow links to a specific answer, not just the question it answers.
Andrew Newell on 11 Feb 2011
The accept button should be further away from Comment on this answer, and it should be possible to undo it - at least for a grace period of a few minutes.
Walter Roberson on 9 Mar 2011
Helen Chen on 22 Sep 2011
As of last night, when you look at My Answers, it is now sorting by most recent. Enjoy!
Oleg Komarov on 8 Feb 2011
We wanna see our reputation scores, let the challenge begin!
Smt like a Users list by score under the Home link (upper left corner)
Andrew Newell on 26 Feb 2011
Very nice! Sorry, Oleg - it looks like your program has become obsolete.
Andrew Newell on 14 Feb 2011
Adding a button for inserting images. Even though instructions for adding an image can be found in Markup help, more than one user has been unaware that it could be done (including one on this page!).
Jan on 24 Mar 2012
And store the images on a MathWorks server. The other hosters will delete the images in the near or far future and then the corresponding question will become meaningless.
Jiro Doke on 16 Feb 2011
A way to automatically scroll to the most recent answer/comment/edit. For example, this question has many, many answers and comments. But I don't know where the most recent stuff is. Perhaps there should be a "go to next recent content" button on the page, that takes me to different sections.
The sorting regression is fixed--answers should now display with the accepted answer first, then the remaining answers sorted by number of votes (high-to-low) then date/time asked (least-to-most recent)
Andrew Newell on 16 Mar 2011
Walter mentioned a "Best of Answers" area. A more flexible alternative would be an "Add to my favorites" button, so we can each keep a list of answers that we find really useful.
Of course, we can always bookmark them in our browser, but it would be good to keep them in the same environment as our personal questions and answers.
Andrew Newell on 17 Mar 2011
I get lost in the morass too. Recently I spent fifteen minutes trying to find a particular answer and gave up.
Oleg Komarov on 12 Feb 2011
- More meta info about the contributors: num. of votes given, num. of comments...
- Keep the meta info separate from answers/questions: try to load Walter's profile...it takes already a lot of time and if he keeps at this rythm in a year it won't be possible to load it at all...
I'm trying to think of long run stable way to query the site to have a score of the contributors. You can see an attempt in User reputation: post here to get into the list. It already takes 6 minutes to retrieve that info.
In general, it would be nicer if the list of the contributors and the meta info was available at one shot (and basically this is what I'm trying to reproduce)
TMW team implemented a page with the metascores: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/contributors
Please refer to it and congrats to the team!
Walter Roberson on 7 Apr 2011
Technically, the dash is not needed either. So, for example, you can get to this question via:
Matt Tearle on 24 May 2011
Some way to prevent questions being deleted without a good reason!
I'm getting really annoyed with people whose response to your help is to disappear and take with them both their question and your response to it. It's happened more than once to me, and not necessarily questions where the poster was doing something dumb -- perfectly normal question, valid answer(s), then... floop! It's gone.
We implemented a partial constraint on this behavior in a release on June 27, 2012. You can no longer delete your own question once someone has answered it.
Here's a blog post describing the major changes.
Sean de Wolski on 8 Jun 2011
A "How many users are online" string somewhere on the home page.
Paulo Silva on 18 Jul 2011
I would like to have a way to see when someone's account was created and how many questions that person deleted (maybe even the names of the questions deleted for those who are editors), this is because I clearly remember having answered several questions from someone but all those questions were deleted and the very same person posted a new question yesterday, I replied and that person exhibited the same old behaviour that triggered my memory, he/she didn't even look at the links I provided and asked something that isn't MATLAB related, I didn't answer the specific question because I would waste my time, this is MATLAB Answers not Control Engineering Answers.
We implemented "no delete if already answered" in a release on June 27, 2012. Click on the "Link" button next to an answer or above a comment.
Here's a blog post describing the major changes.
Oliver Woodford on 20 Jul 2011
Many questions get asked again and again. Why? Because people are not searching for previous answers before asking questions.
Stackoverflow suggests some similar questions that have already been asked when people are typing in their questions. It's therefore easy for them to see that the questions already exist.
This system also relies on good questions being voted up, so they appear at the top of the list. I have asked several (dare I say) well-worded questions (and usually answered them well too), with a view to providing a resource for people to refer to. This effort is wasted by the questions and answers receiving no votes, and the fact that people never search for them anyway.
So, TMW please implement question suggestions like Stackoverflow, and regular users please vote for well-worded questions.
K E on 9 Feb 2012
Just curious, why is Matlab answers separate from Stackoverflow? I would like to combine all my reputation points (low as they are) in one place.