09-17-2003, 07:44 AM
Alex (or WA), I think the XML forum is on the inflation side when it comes to stickies. One, two or even four are ok, but we're at seven at the moment. Couldn't "Difference?? XHTML-- XML", "What is XML and how do I use it?" and "Where should XML be used?" be merged somehow, and perhaps also the "choose which dtd?" and "How to serve XHTML as application/xhtml+xml" threads? The first three are all related, as are the second two.
We've debated this same issue internally amongst the mods recently. I'll look into combining a few of the stickies into one in the XML category if possible.
09-19-2003, 10:51 PM
I think it is "over-stickified" because it is not as popular as other languages and therefore there will be more questions likes "What is XML?" and "How do I use it?".
Leave the stickies as is. I think they are necessary....
09-20-2003, 02:59 PM
Well, it's true that there are more such questions, but probably because XML is more abstract than the other web technologies. However, the over-stickifiedness makes it hard to see what posts are new etc.
If the stickies were somehow separated from the rest, the problem would be far smaller.
09-20-2003, 03:16 PM
I'd probably say that a sub-forum would probably suit the situation; filled with common questions, closed to new posts, pretty much like the old archive forum.
09-20-2003, 07:09 PM
Closed to new posts? And if anyone wants to continue on a topic that has been placed there? How about blocking only new threads, but letting people reply to posts?
So far I've reduced the number of stickies in the XML forum from 7 to 5, by merging one of them with another and unsticking the other and simply posting a link to it in another. So nothing's really lost.
I may come back to the XML forum again later this week and reduce it further to 3 stickies, which is the ideal number. The best way to do this that I can think of is to create one sticky thread titled "XML/XHTML FAQs", for example, and posting links to important threads within it. This way, the list can expand at will without increasing the number of stickies.