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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: [Was: Re: [Discussion]]
Date Fri, 26 Aug 2011 19:10:25 GMT
My first answer to an question that I then tracked has been marked as good by
the questioner.  

More things about how the StackExchange sites do this.

1. The RSS feed is working but I find that the subscriptions into Internet Explorer and Outlook
are not very nice and not too useful.  So I switched to my feed reader.  That means I must
remember to open my feed reader and synchronize from time to time.  The subscription will
now also show in Google Reader, which is a hoot and probably irrelevant.  The feed reader
does the right kind of highlighting when there is a new post on the same question, etc.

2. The RSS feed for a single question handles all posts to the question but not comments on
those posts.  So I did not know, for example, that the author of the question confirmed my
answer and commented on my answer accordingly (as well as checking it off as an answer that
worked).  With the feedreader, I will still have to poll from time to time to see if there
are comments and status changes that are not reflected in the RSS.

A mixed blessing so far.

For the record, here's the question and only answer.  The RSS feed is on the bottom right
corner of the page (this should amuse Eike and Rob especially, since it is about a feature
in OpenFormula that I despise):


 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis E. Hamilton [] 
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2011 13:15
Subject: RE: [Was: Re: [Discussion]]

I found a way to track individual Stack Exchange questions without having to poll them myself
to detect follow-ups and other answers.  

It is a bit clumsy.  But it promises to be easy, and it is particularly easy to stop tracking
a question.

Every question (topic) on StackExchange has its own RSS feed.

I'm not quite sure how to manage per-question feeds, but I will give that a try.  It will
definitely save me having to keep going to the question and checking on follow-ups and other

I'm going to see if this works better in the Windows "Common Feed List" so I can get updates
in Outlook (not where I normally manage feeds).

 - Dennis


It is interesting that there might be a karma difference.  Of course, it would be pretty frustrating
to not have access to a valuable tool until having run the gauntlet for getting the karma
to use it.  Being able to follow a post does not seem like one of those things.

I checked my reputation on StackOverflow.  I have all privileges but 8:
 - trusted user
 - protect questions
 - access to moderator tools
 - approve tag wiki edits
 - cast close and reopen votes
 - create tag synonyms
 - edit questions and answers (not my own)
 - create tags

I have the other 17.

The moderator tools do not have any additional powers related to tracking an individual post.

Trusted users do not have any additional powers related to tracking an individual post. 

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Rob Weir
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2011 11:27
Subject: Re: [Was: Re: [Discussion]]

On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 2:19 PM, Dennis E. Hamilton
<> wrote:
> This should be at the "User support: beyond forums or lists" thread but I hesitate to
confuse other ways of reading this list that don't like title changes (and I am using reply
to have previous material attached - I might try forward instead on some occasion).
> I have been running a filter on StackExchange sites long enough to have some hits with
new posts that use the tag.
> Experience:
>  I can get from the filter notice to the StackExchange post by direct link.  I can post
an answer or, more likely, a request for details/clarification once there.
>  However, there is no way to track an individual post.  So to see if there has been any
activity on the post once it is non-knew, I have to manually go look.  I can do that by saving
the original notice in a folder of ones to review at some point.  (There is a list of answers
I've posted in my profile, but it is not organized for use in this manner.)
>  Not very appealing in attempting to maximize my cycles available for actually providing
forum support.

One thing to note about Stack Exchange is that more capabilities are
made available to you based on how many points you've earned.  So it
is tricky to tell, by casual review, what features might be available
to a deeply-involved moderator.

>  - Dennis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dennis E. Hamilton []
> Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 13:15
> To:
> Subject: RE: [Was: Re: [Discussion]]
> Drew,
> I didn't realize the imbalance between using the tag and mentioning without the tag was
that lop-sided.
> By the way, there is also
> <>.
> Things that can be done with StackExchange sites already include having an RSS feed of
posts and also email subscriptions (though I remember shutting that off once I was overwhelmed).
 Apparently one can subscribe by tag.
> I did that.  I set up a query that uses the tag (I was not brave enough
to use the search term instead but I did specify all sites) and I will receive e-mail notifications.
> We'll see if those make it easy to go to the question, review, and respond.
>  - Dennis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: drew []
> Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:51
> To:
> Cc:
> Subject: RE: [Was: Re: [Discussion]]
> On Wed, 2011-08-24 at 08:01 -0700, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
>> It looks to me as if we need to be following the tag on StackOverflow.
 They have over 1200 items, and there is an tag/category although it is not
always used.
> Hi Dennis,
> Sadly, not so - the link I showed was a simple string search for
> OpenOffice and it returns a good number of items that nearly mention the
> application but are not about it.
> Items tagged as OpenOffice-x numbers (over a 2 year span)
> 326 total
> openoffice-calc 84 total
> openoffice-wrier 51 total
> openoffice-impress 12 total
> openoffice-base 2 total
> openoffice-basic 0 total
> open-office 26 total
> <snip>
> //drew

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