View Poll Results: Ought first replies to new member requests be standardized (i.e., same introduction)?

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  • No -- the first response needs to allow for individual tutors' style and approach

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  • Yes -- the first response ought to be consistent, as to its tone and initial information provided

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Thread: Poll-5 Is a more-consistent first response needed

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    Elite Member mmm4444bot's Avatar
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    Poll-5 Is a more-consistent first response needed

    This poll is for the active membership, and it's completely anonymous. Please consider adding your viewpoint, by making a choice above. Current poll results will display, upon submitting your choice.

    This poll question pertains to how we ask new students (or non-students) to check out the guidelines, the wording of the statement to check the guidelines and what types of information they need to provide. It does not refer to the ending portion of a first response (i.e., a first step shown, suggestion given, a specific question asked or a link provided), which could still be tailored as individual first responders see fit. I'm basically thinking of a consistent boilerplate text, to appear at the top of each first response, to a new member, in order to provide a consistent, initial reply). New students who post according to the guidelines would not receive the boilerplate text, as a first response.
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    Elite Member stapel's Avatar
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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by mmm4444bot View Post
    This poll is for the active membership, and it's completely anonymous. Please consider adding your viewpoint, by making a choice above. Current poll results will display, upon submitting your choice.

    This poll question pertains to how we ask new students (or non-students) to check out the guidelines, the wording of the statement to check the guidelines and what types of information they need to provide. It does not refer to the ending portion of a first response (i.e., a first step shown, suggestion given, a specific question asked or a link provided), which could still be tailored as individual first responders see fit. I'm basically thinking of a consistent boilerplate text, to appear at the top of each first response, to a new member, in order to provide a consistent, initial reply).
    The first replies probably also need to account for the posters' "styles", too. I mean, there are some students who post absolutely lovely questions, showing all of their work and reasoning, right out of the gate. They deserve our thanks and encouragement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapel View Post
    The first replies probably also need to account for the posters' "styles", too. I mean, there are some students who post absolutely lovely questions, showing all of their work and reasoning, right out of the gate. They deserve our thanks and encouragement!
    Agree!

    The boilerplate text would apply toward students who post something lacking. Students who follow the guidelines right out of the gate would not need to be provided with a standardized first response.

    This idea is separate from the other idea of bouncing threads from new members back to them for editing.

    Or, maybe the membership will come up with some combination of the two ideas.
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