Topic: Our Forum

A Certain Homework Assignment

Posted by Shelley Ryan on 982 Points
Happy Friday, everyone!

I'm sure several of you have noticed that students have been posting the same homework question on our forum, which can be aggravating. I discovered this question has been posted repeatedly on KHE since 2013. Conclusion? They are Googling it now and we come up at the top of search results.

I've deleted all the similar questions that I could find on KHE, but this won't impact any search engines right away. If you see a new one come up, just alert the moderator (me!) and I'll get rid of it.

Thanks for your help, and hooray for the Houston Astros!

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  • Posted by mgoodman on Accepted
    Good idea. Is there a way to automatically flag duplicated questions posted as "student questions" or is this going to be a one-at-a-time after-the-fact activity for you?
  • Posted by Shelley Ryan on Author
    Michael, I doubt we'll be able to automate this. I'm counting on everyone to alert me when they see this (or similar) trends occurring with students.
  • Posted by Jay Hamilton-Roth on Accepted
    Can you improve the UI for KHE to give a warning to people submitting student questions? It's too easy to find this website and people to ask their qn/homework w/o first reading the rules.
  • Posted by mgoodman on Moderator
    Good idea, Jay. Maybe a pop-up screen when the user selects "student questions." We could ask KHE regulars to submit suggestions for what that screen should say, and then pick the best, or the best collection of ideas. (I know MProfs mgt doesn't want to devote any resources to the forum, but this approach should be pretty easy, I would think.)
  • Posted by Shelley Ryan on Author
    I'll ask our website redesign team leader to follow this thread. Big project, and it does include KHE!
  • Posted by Gary Bloomer on Accepted
    This is a much needed edit, Shelley: thank you.
  • Posted by Peter (henna gaijin) on Accepted
    Thanks for all the work on this!

    I do think something in the system while people are writing questions could be useful. Maybe a FAQ? Not just to improve on the student question thing, but also to help reduce the number of people saying they need the best name for their business, yet not providing and details on their business (where, who they target, what is special about them, etc.).

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