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Forums Are Not Google – Forum Feature Proposition

This is a proposition for a user-management feature that I think should be added into forum software so that anyone administering the system could implement it.

Problem: Too many users post questions that could easily be answered by one Google‑search.

Solution: Forum software should have a feature such that people who post threads asking questions that could easily have been answered through the forum search or Google could be temp-banned by moderators from posting until the offender is the first to alert on (1, 2, 3, etc) other threads that have the same deficiency.

To describe this in more detail, the temp-ban would expire after:
1. A certain number of days have passed, OR

2. For offenders who are temp-banned from posting due to this rule, their forum interface should have a different “alert” button that can be used to tag google-fodder threads. If the tagged threads is in fact google-fodder, the user becomes unbanned.

To reduce the load on the forum’s moderators, any threads tagged by such temp-banned offenders should go into a separate “google-fodder” listing where moderators and users with high post counts can vote on whether the tagged threads do actually count as google-fodder.

If the threads get enough votes, the user who tagged them will be un-banned, and whoever started that thread will be temp-banned for posting google-fodder.

This way, the forum eco-system educates its own users and solves its own problems with minimal moderator-overhead.

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