Duplicate posting when topics are already covered in Connect
Dear Connect Team,
I would like you guys to implement a heuristics scanning of posts that are similar to earlier threads in the forum and alert the user. I would bring to your kind attention this post
which has a relatively high degree of coincidence to earlier discussion thread
The downside of such posts are:
- Search engines are unnecessarily indexing superflous content
- Information seekers in search engines are distracted without any valid reason
- The quality of the forums and its aesthetics is compromised because of redundant threads.
In the same vein, I would also suggest if Merging of Threads could be considered. This can be done by Admin/Moderator/Trusted Advisor. When duplicate thread is reported on a case-by-case basis either the panel can retire the lesser-valid thread and/or otherwise merge it with more comprehensive one. That way at any point of time only one thread would be visible in the forums.