I've three questions:
First - is there any way to search prior questions (for instance, if I have a question on "x", is it possible for me to first search for "x" before creating my own question and possibly duplicating a question already asked and answered).
Second - is there any means by which an end user (or group thereof) might start up a new group. For instance, there are a number of the MIT OCW courses I'm interested in (primarily in the C/C++ series) which don't have Open Study groups.
Third - would it be possible to implement some sort of tags so I can stop using dpaste
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Great questions @RoamingBlue - I'll try and answer all of these and please let me know if I've missed anything.
#1 - We do not have a way of searching questions at the moment. This is partly by design, as the goal of OpenStudy is to facilitate helping/teaching between users - not by offering them 'ready-made' solutions to their problems. Of course, in certain subjects, and certain topics this isn't the most ideal. The example that comes to mind are very complex solutions in physics or computer science.
#2 - We can and do create new groups. The used to allow users create any group they wished, however this led to a plethora of groups that were never used, so we changed that policy. If you wish to add a group, please mention it here in Feedback and if there's sufficient support/reason for creating the group, we will add it.
#3 - We are currently looking into that as we speak - I'll be sure to give you an update on that ASAP. Thanks!
The two courses I'd most like to see groups in Open Study for right now are:
Should I make separate topics for them to see if I can drum up interest?
Item #1 on my list would be nice to have in some of the Comp Sci courses, but not essential. It's amazing how often the same issues come up.
I'm thrilled to hear you're already working on #3 ... sharing code snippets (or helping someone debug a 300 line program) will be much easier when we can share the code here instead of pasting it elsewhere. dpaste and pastebin are awesome but they delete the pastes after a month which make them impractical if you want to refer back to something.
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cshalvey brought this thread to my attention. We're working on implementing Markdown parsing for questions and replies. We've currently got the parser working in my local development copy, but we need to add the appropriate CSS styles so it doesn't look ugly when you use it and do the usual prodding with the security testing stick.
TL;DR - We're working on it and hope to have it out soon.